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Book: Waiting For Joy by Vickie Phelps
Five years after Lauren Grant's husband is killed in Iraq, she is struggling to move on with her life. It's the holiday season and she desperately wants to spend time with her family and experience the joy of Christmas again. When elderly Ava Flannery steps in front of her car and is injured, Lauren is forced to think about someone other than herself. She begrudgingly takes on the job of [...]
 
Book: Clothed and Confused - Comedic Moments in Caregiving and Caregiver Bloopers by Angela H. Holmes
Caregiving has made me a little crazy. My friends and family call me a closet comedian.Sometimes I really think that I am on a low-budget reality show titled Clothed and Confused. Seeing the comedy in even the worst of situations helps me cope. I love my mom, but at times I accidentally say things aloud that get me in trouble. Some days, I feel like yelling, "I'm a caregiver, get me out of here!" [...]
 
Book: Ino's Love by Marianne Sciucco
It's Christmas Eve eve, and 80-year old Ino awaits a visit from her son Ray, the CEO of an internet startup based in Seattle. Ino lives in New York's Little Italy, and spends the day preparing Ray's favorite foods, all from scratch, much to the disapproval of Ruby, her home health aid. "Ino," she says, "you're going to wear yourself out with all this cooking. And you're out of the hospital not [...]
 
Book: What They Don't Tell You About Alzheimer's by Robert Bernstein
An informative memoir about a son taking care of a mother with Alzheimer's Disease. The story is told in a manner that educates and focuses the reader on the insidious nature of adult mental dysfunction, while at the same time offering useful insights and advice on the responsibilities of caregiving. Alzheimer's and its evil brain-robbing cousins are a scourge that rip our loved ones from us [...]
 
Book: Wait Until Tomorrow - A Daughter's Memoir by Pat MacEnulty
Like all mothers, mine had a set of maxims that she thought were important to impart to me: if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all (unless it's irresistibly funny); it's as easy to fall in love with a rich man as it is with a poor man (a nice idea in theory); if you want to commit suicide, wait until tomorrow (advice which has, it turns out, saved my life). Like many [...]
 
Book: Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald
Mid-life mom, Colleen Gallagher would do anything to protect her children from harm. When her daughter's husband falls ill with ALS, Colleen rolls up her sleeves and moves in, juggling the multiple roles of grandma, cook, and caregiver, only to discover that even her superhuman efforts can't fix what's wrong.
 
Book: Blue Hydrangeas - an Alzheimer's love story by Marianne Sciucco
What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face, and couldn't remember your name? A care facility is everyone's solution for what to do about Sara, but her husband, Jack, can't bear to live without her. He is committed to saving his marriage, his wife, and their life together from the devastation of Alzheimer's disease. He and Sara retired years ago to the house of their [...]
 
Book: Nurses and Their Patients - Compassion and Commitment (Nursing in th Neighborhoods - Stories of Patients, Families, and Their Nurses) by Lois Gerber
You will meet many interesting people in these 12 short stories based on my experiences as a community health nurse. The individuals, their families, and their communities are all different. The one thing they have in common is their caring and sense of commitment to themselves, their families, and their neighborhoods. Melissa is a teenager with Down Syndrome. She attends a school for children [...]
 
Book: The Fruits of the Spirit for Family Caregivers by Angela H. Holmes
The purpose of this book is to show you that God gave you a fruit basket full of attributes as a Christian caregiver to dementia sufferers. These attributes equip you as a Christian caregiver to endure the worst of days with a sense of knowing that God is with you throughout your day. You can apply one or many of these attributes to any given situation and turn it into a positive. I'm not [...]
 
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