Aging in Stride: Plan Ahead, Stay Connected, Keep Moving. Christine Himes, M.D., M. Oettinger, N. Elizabeth, J.D. Kenny, E. Dennis. (2004). Caresource Healthcare Communications Inc., Seattle, WA. $24.95. The Aging in Stride authors did their homework and it shows. This well-organized guide on the topic of “healthy aging” provides a meaningful, straightforward and succinct resource for individuals and professionals, baby boomers and older adults alike. The book begins by laying out four foundation building blocks for healthy aging: planning and teamwork, staying physically active, relationships with others, and nurturing your spirit. Rather than making judgments, the authors provide objective text and links to online information as well as to useful checklists that allow the reader to assess their current situation and identify steps to help them or their loved one plan and age well. Resource information and tips on a wide variety of topics are included, such as: How to Shop for Long-Term Care Insurance; Getting Ready for a Care Conference; How to Hire In-Home Help; Tips for Working with Busy Agencies; and Practical Issues at the Time of Death. All are covered in the core section of the book, followed by more than 40 worksheets and checklists that can be copied out of the book or are available on the AgingInStride.org website.
Always on Call: When Illness Turns Families into Caregivers. Carol Levine (Ed.). (2004). Vanderbilt University Press. www.vanderbilt.edu/vupress. This updated edition of the book first printed in 2000 is an edited volume of writings about caregiving. While many volumes of this type can be very academic and dry in tone, Always on Call is well-written and manages to be both extremely informative and an interesting read. The book is divided into three sections: Voices of Family Caregivers, The Impact of Caregiving, and Responding to Caregivers’ Needs. The first part presents eight first-person narratives of spouses, brothers, parents and others who relate their experiences as caregivers. The second section is written by professionals who address the economics of caregiving, workplace issues and psychological responses to caregiving, among other topics. The final section highlights some policy, medical and technological innovations in recent years that have been developed to help caregivers.
Family Caregivers on the Job: Moving Beyond ADLs and IADLs. Carol Levine (Ed.). (2004). United Hospital Fund of New York. www.uhfnyc.org. $20.00. Written for policymakers, advocates, researchers, and health care professionals, Family Caregivers on the Job strives to increase the profile of family caregivers in our nation’s long-term care system, and advocates for this group’s needs for services in their own right. The authors argue that in order to heighten awareness of the contributions of family caregivers, it is necessary to reframe the assistance that caregivers provide. This book provides a blueprint for increasing the attention to family caregivers, accurately and reliably measuring the tasks of caregiving, and suggests strategies to enhance assistance to them.
Alzheimer’s Disease: A New Hope Through Understanding. (2004). Models of Hope, Inc., (866) 890-HOPE or www.modelsofhope.com. $24.95. This educational video, developed in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, briefly explains the major signs of Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of receiving a thorough diagnosis. The video also informs the audience of the benefits of appropriate medications. Both patients and professionals are interviewed. The audience for this video is new caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease.
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