One of the things that caregivers can do to improve their skills is to read books about the caregiving experience. By reading, you can gather knowledge about how to perform certain caregiver tasks, learn more about a specific medical condition, and find out about the experiences of other people who have also been caregivers. There are new books concerning caregiving written all the time. Below are some books for caregivers published this year.
The Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia: Practical Advice for Caring for Yourself and Your Loved One by Gail Weatherill, RN CAEd
Weatherill’s book is a comprehensive source of information for caregivers to people with dementia. It explains what dementia is and the different kinds of dementia. There is also information about behavioral changes seniors may have because of the disease. In addition, the book offers practical advice for performing many of the tasks caregivers typically do, including planning the senior’s finances and questions to ask medical providers. Finally, Weatherill offers caregivers important advice for taking care of themselves, too. After each chapter of the book, the author provides a caregiver wellness section in which she suggests exercises for relaxation and reflection.
AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS: Guide for Patients, Families, Caregivers, & Medical Professionals by Jerry Beller, et.al.
Caregivers to people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, will find this book useful as it offers information about dementia within the disease. While ALS is a disease of the motor neurons, what many people don’t know is that some people with ALS also develop dementia.
The Caregiver’s Companion by Deborah Boyle
Author Deborah Boyle has experience in caregiving from both the perspective of a family caregiver and a medical professional. She has been both a professional nurse and a caregiver to her father and her husband. Because of her experience, she is able to speak to the demands of the role. Her book explores what it is like to be a caregiver and provides strategies for making it easier.
The Caregiver’s Encyclopedia: A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Older Adults by Muriel R. Gillick, MD
Dr. Gillick has spent 30+ years as a geriatrician, a doctor who specializes in caring for older adults. Her book is a comprehensive guide to being a caregiver to a senior. In it, she offers advice on:
- Navigating the health-care system.
- How to deal with common problems in older adults, such as delirium and falls.
- Various approaches to care.
- Preventive care options.
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