June 02, 2017

3 books that examine the aftereffects of caregiving

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The aftereffects of caregiving

Helping Caregivers Heal - Throughout the many years that you, as a caregiver attend to the countless needs of your loved one, or ones, you will lose fragments of your life that may take years to recover, , as the caregiver may loose a part of yourself.  You may come crawling out of your caregiving campaign wondering if there’s any of the original “You” left. 

Learn how to regain the part of yourself that was lost while you gave yourself completely to your loved one in their time of need.

Is this you? Are you feeling a little lost, fragile, maybe hesitant to move forward in life? This book was written specifically for you! We want to help you find yourself again or at least show you ways to reinvent yourself. We know from personal experience that the aftereffects of caregiving can be catastrophic.

Our intent in writing this book is to help you open your front door and step back into the world. There is life still out there waiting for you.

topics include - once a caregiver always a caregiver  - the isolation during and after caregiving - caregiver guilt - anger  - possibly the most misunderstood human emotion - pain of depression -how to regain a life - comfort food the holidays - how will we survive - how soon is too son to get remarried - sharing your wisdom  - why me conflicted memories - accepting well-intentioned words of solace - good advice and bad advice - intimacy surpressed  

Gary  is the author of "Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness," "The Aftereffects of Caregiving" "Managing Alzheimer'sand Dementia Behaviors" and co- author of "While I Still Can".
 Also, a weekly columnist of "Common Sense Caregiving" published in the TampaTribune and Hernando Today and many other health publications and anational speaker on dementia care. 

Gary has written two books  -
Managing Alzheimer's and dementia behaviors: common sense caregiving
Contents: Introduction --  routine routine routine --  redirection --  learning to approach someone with Alzheimer’s – adapting to character – why don’t you see them?  Hallucinations and delusions --  the difference between  hallucinations and delusions --  Sun downing and evening confusion --  don’t turn off the lights – keeping things well lit – body language and communication --  dealing with combative behavior  --  patience is a virtue --  a caregivers’ promise
Staying afloat in a sea of forgetfulness : common sense caregiving
Gary Joseph LeBlanc is a columnist and book dealer from Spring Hill, Florida. He was the primary caregiver of his beloved father stricken with Alzheimer's disease for nearly the past decade.
 LeBlanc's weekly column appears in the Hernando Today, a Tampa Tribune Publication. His writings offer insight and hope through his own 3,000 days plus of caregiving, dealing with the memory-impaired, given in a caregiver friendly manner...

When caregivers are looking for help, the last thing they need is medical text so complex they already forgot what they read by the time it's laid back down. This is what got me started on writing about common sense caregiving, which turned into a weekly column and now into this book. My goal is to make this book as "caregiver friendly" as possible. Sharing my triumphs and hardships from my plus three-thousand day campaign in dealing with the disease of Alzheimer's and the world of memory-impairment.
other books that have information on life after caring

A carer's guide: helping you care for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementias
by Rosette Teitel and Sharon Wall
Most carers find themselves thrust into the role ill-prepared and intimidated by a multitude of troubling questions. A Carers Guide combines useful information for all carers with a touching personal odyssey by Rosette Teitel, who nursed her husband through vascular dementia until his death. Specific information on requirements in Australia and New Zealand have been added by Sharon Wall, an Australian health professional, author and aged care consultant who draws on twenty-five years' experience in the aged care sector. 

The selfish pig's guide to caring

Be ing a carer is long, lonely and hard, yet there is limited support and formal training. As a result, carers suffer frequent damage to physical and mental health. Oddly, though carers by definition are anything but selfish pigs, they are liable to feelings of guilt, probably brought on by fatigue and isolation. So Hugh Marriott has written this book for them - and also for the rest of us who don’t know what being a carer is all about. His aim is bring into the open everything he wishes he'd been told when he first became a carer. And he does. The book airs such topics as sex, thoughts of murder, and dealing with the responses of friends and officials who fail to understand.

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