April 03, 2017

stronger carers - Staying Connected While Letting Go....

* members can email nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au to borrow resources 
 bfn Michelle 

Staying connected while letting go : the paradox of Alzheimer's caregiving

Caregivers have been known to put their own lives on hold and become entirely devoted to caregiving—making this difficult role even harder, and often compromising their own health. This needn’t happen. 
The caregivers you will meet in this book, with whom you have much in common, have learned how to deal with the frustration, anger, and grief that come naturally to any person in this role. 

Carolyn mourns the loss of meaningful conversation with her husband;

Al misses the physical intimacy; 

Mamie comes to terms with the fact that her husband no longer recognizes her. 

...there is no better way to help others than through sharing these inspiring stories accompanied by strategies for understanding and coping with the emotional conundrums of Alzheimer’s.

Letting go without giving up : continuing to care for the person with dementia

The idea for Letting go without giving up grew from concerns expressed by carers who felt they were no longer allowed to have a role in caring for the person they had looked after at home after the person entered long-stay care. This booklet is aimed at carers who want to continue their involvement in the lives of the people they have cared for, even if they are no longer responsible for their day-to-day physical care needs.

When a family member has dementia : steps to becoming a resilient caregiver 
Caring for a person with dementia is a difficult and often- overwhelming task. 

In addition to the inevitable decline in memory and physical function, most persons with dementia develop one or more troublesome behavior problems, such as depression, fearfulness, sleep disturbances, paranoia, or physical aggression at some point in their disease. 

Behavioral challenges in dementia are highly idiosyncratic. 

Caregivers often become stuck: either unable to figure out how best to help their loved one, or unable to consistently implement positive practices they know would improve their situation. 

This book offers caregivers a set of practical and flexible tools to enable them become more resilient in the face of difficulty and change.

McCurry teaches caregivers how to take advantage of their own creativity and inner resources to develop strategies that will work in their unique situations. 

She presents her set of five core principles and then brings them to life through vignettes. Anyone who lives, works, or comes in contact with a person who has dementia will benefit from this volume.


Bouncing back : how to overcome setbacks, become resilient, and create a happier life
In this practical book, Brian Babington, a professional counsellor specialising in grief and loss, outlines some approaches to cope with the initial trauma of loss and failure - and to find ways to recover.
... guides the reader through ways of coping with anxiety and despair, releasing loss, re-energising themselves and realigning their attitudes.

Bouncing Back provides a simple six-step Resilience Plan to build emotional strength that includes exercise, nutrition, rest, breathing well, creating peace and calm, learning to solve problems and determining new directions. It offers hope and solutions to people experiencing tough times and seeking greater fulfilment.

The reality slap : finding peace and fulfilment when life hurts
The “reality slap” is a rude awakening that creates a gap between what you have and what you want. . 

The bigger the gap, the harder it is to bridge it-but it is possible. 

...offers real-life stories and simple exercises to help readers stop depending on things outside of themselves for validation and well-being and instead work on finding peace and fulfilment within.  Readers learn to find peace and calm in the midst of pain and chaos by using painful emotions to cultivate greater wisdom and compassion. 

The happiness trap : how to stop struggling and start living

What if almost everything you believed about finding happiness turned out to be inaccurate and misleading?

 What if those very beliefs were in fact making you miserable? 

Too many of us are caught in the happiness trap: we think that we should be happy all or most of the time, and we believe that we can control the circumstances of our lives in order to avoid unpleasant experiences.

In reality, every life is touched by disappointment and difficulty.

Ironically, it is our fear of negative experiences that keeps us trapped in cycles of unhappiness. 

By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life. The techniques presented in The Happiness Trap will help readers to: • Reduce stress and worry • Handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively • Break self-defeating habits • Overcome insecurity and self-doubt • Create a rich, full, and meaningful life

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