August 26, 2016

“We’ve been wrong about what our job is in medicine. We think our job is to ensure health and survival. But really it is to enable well-being.”

listen to the CDs or read the book

“A few conclusions become clear when we understand this: that our most cruel failure in how we treat the sick and the aged is the failure to recognize that they have priorities beyond merely being safe and living longer; that the chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in life; that we have the opportunity to refashion our institutions, our culture, and our conversations in ways that transform the possibilities for the last chapters of everyone’s lives.”

― Atul Gawande,     Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End 


Hope for the caregiver : encouraging words to strengthen your spirit

book review by Imelda Gilmore, a carer and advocate for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW

What an extraordinary little book! Even as I started reading it, I found almost every page had at least one quotation from someone or somewhere that I wanted to write down. It's written simply and contains so much common sense, yet there are amazingly profound statements that will change your view of your caregiving role forever. The chapters are very short: even if you only have 10 minutes to read with a cup of coffee or before you're going to sleep, in those 10 minutes you'll have enough food for thought for the next 24 hours. Its hard not to list any quotes - I couldn't choose the best ones because there are just too many that qualify, from people as diverse as Will Rogers, the Bible, McDonalds, Victor Hugo, Charles M Schultz, Mother Teresa  ...  

The author has cared for his wife for almost three decades, since he was 22 years old. He has a delightful sense of humour.
And another quote "And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I Hope You Dance." Mark D. Sanders / Tia Sillers.
From Michael J Fox: "I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God's business."

“Tomorrow hopes we learned something from yesterday” - John Wayne.

The chapter on laughter (Laugh When You Can) is wonderful. "Laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors" - Norman Cousins. 

I challenge anyone to read this book and not laugh or plan to do something differently or just feel really good about themselves as a carer. Best of all, you'll hear some thoughts about the God who cares deeply for you, the caregiver. 

Forgetiquette What to do when someone you love begins to forget. Having a loved one with memory loss is no laughing matter, but a little humour can help. With her sage advice and trademark irreverence, Joan Sauers helps to relieve the frustration of dealing with dementia sufferers while offering practical advice that will help you help them. Above all she reminds you that, though it may feel like the loneliest job in the world, you are not alone, a very quick and helpful read!

This book has proved very popular with carers who need a bit of a smile to deal with life as a carer  & a simple quote to ponder on ...
*These and other similar resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on





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