Handbook on Dementia Caregiving: Evidenced-Based Interventions for Family Caregivers, edited by Richard Schulz (2000), Springer Publishing Company, 536 Broadway, New York, NY 10012, (877) 687-7476, $49.95, www.springerpub.com. Although the title may imply that this book is a collection of interventions for use with individuals caring for loved ones with dementia, it is not. It is, however, a detailed look at the last 20 years of dementia caregiver research and a guide to future research. For researchers involved in caregiver intervention studies this book provides a conceptual framework, an evalu ation of measurement tools and methods, suggestions for study design and implementation, and a discussion of how research findings can be translated into policy.
Sunset Decisions: Caring for Your Parents When the Golden Years Fade, Anita Johnson (1998), College Press Publishing Company, PO Box 1132, Joplin, MO 64802-1132, (800) 289-3300, $9.99, www.collegepress.com. This book offers stories of how others have coped with the increasing caregiving needs of their parents. The real lesson in the stories is that what works for one family may not work for another family. Chapter 11, “Getting Siblings to Help,” is only 7 pages long but it discusses an issue that few other books do.
Rethinking Alzheimer’s Care, Sam Fazio, Dorothy Seman, Jane Stansell (1999) Health Professional Press Inc., P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285, www.healthpropress.com. This book is written for the executive, program and training directors of health and senior service programs serving people with dementia. The authors present a foundation on which to build radically improved care for people with dementia, emphasizing the human element— those powerful actions that, although difficult to quantify, can make or break the success of all settings of care, whether home, daycare or residential care. Each chapter offers a researched discussion about values and practice interspersed with real life examples and thought-provoking questions about care concepts. The “Rethinking in Practice” exercises in each section are easy to find and could be incorporated into staff training exercises or used for personal reflection.
Laughing Through the Tears - A Father/Daughter Story of Death and Recovery, Luther Nussbaum (2002), KayT Publishing, Long Beach, CA, (888) 505-1553, $14.50, www.laughingthroughthetears.com. This personal story, told by a father, recounts his daughter’s journey towards recovery after suffering a severe brain injury as a result of a car accident. Families affected by traumatic brain injury will identify with this tale, which takes the reader from the stress and uncertainty of the I.C.U. through the long process of rehabilitation. With humor, love, compassion, and a realistic outlook, the author and his family learn to embrace the challenges and changes set before them to ultimately emerge stronger and closer.
Caring in Remembered Ways: The Fruit of Seeing Deeply, Maggie Steincrohn Davis (1999), Heartsong Books, Blue Hill, ME, 04614, www.heartsongbooks.com
Written in short vignettes, this book provides wise and spiritually based readings about the importance of caring well for ourselves and others. Some of the topics discussed include how to truly listen, the importance of simply being present for someone who is ill or dying, and how much our love and attention can help others. Drawing on her own experiences as well as the wisdom of varied spiritual teachings, the author provides practical advice and inspirational messages that remind the reader of the important ways we can all help each other as friends, family and caretakers. Davis writes with poetic simplicity and her calming, loving message may help those dealing with the stress of caregiving, whether as a paid caregiver or a family member taking care of a loved one.
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