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Recommended Books, DVDs and Videotapes

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On this page and Page 1, we've included a few excellent books that we recommend for family caregivers. Click on the underlined title for more information. For our recommended DVDs and videotapes, click on family caregiver videos.

Large print books can make reading enjoyable again for the elderly. We've put together a wide selection that includes novels, humor, non-fiction and bibles. For many of them, an audio CD and/or audio cassette version is also available for people with limited vision. For more information, click on Large Print Books.

Elder Rage, or Take My Father... Please!: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents, by Jacqueline Marcell

A riveting, often humorous, non-fiction novel that chronicles Jacqueline Marcell's trials and tribulations, and eventual success at managing the care of her aging parents. Elder Rage is also an extensive self-help book with solutions for effective management, medically and behaviorally, of challenging elders who resist care. Includes answers to difficult "how to" questions like: getting obstinate elders to give up driving, accept a caregiver, see a different doctor, go to adult day care, move to a new residence--and includes a wealth of valuable resources, websites and recommended reading. The addendum by renowned dementia specialist, Rodman Shankle, MS MD: A Physician’s Guide to Treating Dementia, makes it valuable for everyone from the family to the physician. Elder Rage is required reading at several universities for graduate courses in geriatric assessment and management. Paperback.


Complete Idiot's Guide to Caring for Aging Parents, by Linda M. Colvin Rhodes

If you are preparing to take on the responsibility of caring for an aging parent, this book guides you through the difficult choices that you must make. Paperback.


Share The Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who Is Seriously Ill (Revised and Updated), by Cappy Capossela and Sheila Warnock

Taking on responsibility for short or long-term care for the seriously ill can be overwhelming and confusing. Detailing their personal experience with a dying friend, the authors demonstrate how the aphorism "many hands make light work" holds true. By developing "caring networks," the work is spread among friends, neighbors, and family members, alleviating stress on the primary caregiver and providing peace of mind to the patient. Part case study, part how-to, this book includes sample forms and checklists, allowing readers to use it as a springboard to create their own group and providing practical advice and reassurance. Paperback.


The Fearless Caregiver: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One and Still Have a Life of Your Own, by Gary Barg (editor)

While they are giving care, the nation's 25 million family caregivers rarely get a rest. Gone are the days when you could rely on others to do the work of caring for a loved one in your family. America's healthcare system throws many of the vital decisions, costs and burdens back on the family.

This book clearly defines your vital role in developing your loved one's care plan. It teaches you to deal successfully with managed care organizations, home health services, and especially your loved one; and arms you with the knowledge and skills you need for deciding if your loved one's care is appropriate, if your doctor is the right one, if something more is needed. From wills and powers-of-attorney, to practical tips for dealing with disabilities, to long term care options, to battling stress and depression -- the shared wisdom in this book comes not only from the experienced editors of "Today's Caregiver Magazine," but also from the inspiring personal stories of readers of the magazine who have learned to "stand up to the system when the system no longer stands up for your loved one." Paperback.


The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-By-Step Guide for Caregivers, 2nd Edition, by Maria M. Meyer, et al

A guide that takes the fear out of home care and brings confidence and peace of mind to caregivers. The Comfort of Home starts with the basics and contains all the information caregivers need to do the job at their fingertips, both now and as new healthcare needs arise. The guide helps: make the home safe and comfortable; handle everyday activities like toileting, bathing, and wheelchair transfers; avoid infections and illnesses; deal with Alzheimer's care; communicate with healthcare professionals; understand end-of-life health care documents; and avoid caregiver burnout. Paperback.


A Caregiver's Survival Guide: How to Stay Healthy When Your Loved One Is Sick, by Kay Marshall Strom

When you are responsible for another person's physical needs, your own needs can take a back seat. After caring for her spouse, who for ten years suffered from a rare, debilitating disease, Kay Marshall Strom is able to bring a voice of experience and compassion to this important topic.

• Finding spiritual support
• Maintaining balanced relationships
• Deciding when living at home is no longer possible
• Working out the finances
• Understanding the impact on the whole family
• Dealing with the personal losses

Whether you are caring for an elderly parent or other adult relative, you will be encouraged by the stories the author tells from her own life and from the lives of others. And you will be helped by the concrete ideas to carry you through. Paperback.


The Unofficial Guide to Eldercare, by Christine Adamec

Just when working families thought they had enough on their plates, many of them are now faced with having to make decisions regarding the health and well-being of their aging parents. Do they need care? Should they be in a nursing home? What does it cost? Is it clean? Is it safe? What if they don't want to go? And what other options are available? The Unofficial Guide to Eldercare meets these complex issues head-on, offering friendly, unbiased advice on this sensitive topic. It shows them how to wade through the anxiety and conflict to make informed decisions about their parents' needs; the elements of caregiving; living wills and other legal elements; how to balance their own lives in terms of work, family and caregiving; and how to get emotional support their families so desperately need. Paperback.


The Resourceful Caregiver: Helping Family Caregivers Help Themselves, by National Family Caregivers Association Staff

This helpful book lists local and national assistive organizations, respite care options, pertinent books, tapes, and videos, hotlines and helplines, and appropriate products. Paperback.

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