I love to read, but there are times that I just don’t have the time, energy, or attention span for anything requiring deep concentration. I know the same holds true for many caregivers – now and then, you just want to sit down and unwind with something on the lighter side.
3 For Your Summer Reading List
Chicken Soup for the Soul – Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice, and Bonding (Joan Lunden and Amy Newmark). Keep this one handy and pick it up when you have a few spare minutes here or there. A compilation of 101 caregiver stories, this book will remind you that you aren’t alone. Inside, you’ll find encouragement and humor, as well as plenty of emotional support and validation from others who have walked the path of a caregiver. The stories will make you laugh and cry, but most of all, they’ll help you realize you’re part of a much larger community of people caring for loved ones each and every day.
Strength for the Moment: Inspiration for Caregivers (Lori Hogan). Lori and Paul Hogan founded Home Instead Senior Care after learning first hand just how challenging life as a caregiver can be. This book is a nod to the overwhelming nature of caregiving, and it provides reassurance and encouragement through the telling of 52 inspirational stories. Written from the heart, you’re sure to find peace and comfort, as well as some great practical advice, in these pages.
The Hedge People: How I Kept My Sanity and Sense of Humor as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver (Louise Carey). I’m especially happy when I see a book that reminds us it’s not only okay, but downright necessary, to find the humor in some very unlikely situations. My own mom was a strong believer in laughter, so I know she would have wanted us to seek it out whenever possible. Prior to her illness, Mom’s philosophy on life was simple, “I can laugh or I can cry, so I may as well laugh.” In this book, Louise Carey uses a collection of true stories to help us find humor, joy, and resolve in the emotionally exhausting caregiver journey.
Tell us what’s on your reading list this summer! Feel free to leave your recommendations in a comment below!