Caring for the Caregiver

~posted by Ann G.

Some of the toughest things about caring for older family members are knowing how to navigate the many systems we come up against, and taking care of ourselves so that we have the energy to take care of them too.

In July, the library is hosting a series of lunchtime programs that address exactly these issues!  Sponsored by the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, the sessions will have speakers who will present on topics such as tricks of the trade for caring for elders, self-care for caregivers, and planning for end-of-life.  Please join us!

To dig a little deeper into what’s possible in these situations, here are a few titles from the library’s collection to help.

The title The Helping Professional’s Guide to End-of-Life Care: Practical Tools for Emotional, Social, & Spiritual Support for the Dying pretty much says it all. While this book is written for professionals such as physicians, social workers, and psychologists, it is accessible and has great advice for tough times.   Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life is written by a hospice nurse, and is an empowering and even humorous discussion of how to ease the transitions of the terminally ill.  The Caregiver’s Survival Handbook: Caring for your Aging Parents Without Losing Yourself gives techniques and ideas for getting support and taking guilt-free time for yourself as you care for someone with an illness, whatever their age.  And, The Sandwich Generation’s Guide to Eldercare and The Complete Eldercare Planner: Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help are both guides to the maze of decisions and systems that must be discussed and navigated.

We hope to see you in July at one of the sessions, and also that you’ll feel free to contact any library location if you have any other questions or would like to read more about these topics!

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