Moving a Relative with Memory Loss: A Family Caregiver’s Guide, Laurie White and Beth Spencer, (2000), Whisp Publications, Santa Rosa, CA, email@example.com. This 50-page booklet by two experienced geriatric care managers is written in an easy-to-read and caring style with real stories about families’ experiences as they placed loved ones in residential settings. It is fairly short and quick to read yet provides a comprehensive overview of the practical and emotional issues related to planning and actually moving a loved one to a long-term care facility. Caregivers facing a decision about placing a loved one with dementia into an institutional setting will find this booklet both reassuring and useful.
The House on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting, Elizabeth Cohen, (2002), Random House Inc., NY, NY, (212) 572-2301, $23.95, www.atrandom.com. This memoir, which reads like a novel, reveals the story of the author’s struggle to simultaneously care for her baby and her father with Alzheimer’s disease. To make matters even more difficult, her husband suddenly leaves her to be the solitary caregiver and income-earner and to care for her new house in upstate New York. Cohen is an engaging writer who reveals incredible strength and humor as a warrior of the “sandwich generation.”
And Thou Shalt Honor: The Caregiver’s Companion, edited by Beth Witrogen McLeod, (2002), Rodale Inc., (800) 848-4735 $24.95. www.rodalestore.com. A companion guide to the PBS special on caregiving across America, this 445-page book written for family caregivers, provides a wealth of information and resources in a well-organized and appealing format. The book includes many useful caregiver checklists and referrals to national organizations to help caregivers organize legal issues, public benefits and home care options among other topics.
Long-Term Care in the 21st Century: Perspectives from Around the Asia-Pacific Rim, edited by Iris Chi, Kalyani K. Mehta, & Anna L. Howe (2002), The Haworth Press, Inc., 10 Alice Street, Binghampton, NY 13904-1580, (800)-HAWORTH, www.HaworthPress.com. Written with program planners, policymakers, academics, and advocates in mind, this book succinctly details the various policies of long-term care in countries in and around the Asia-Pacific Rim. With a lens on countries as varied as Australia, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S., this book offers an intra-national and international analysis and comparative perspective. Readers will learn about the differing approaches undertaken in each of these diverse countries to address the aging of their population and corresponding need for cohesive systems of long-term care.
Planning for Long-Term Care, United Seniors Health Council, (2002), McGraw Hill Books, Two Penn Plaza, NY, NY 10121. $14.95. www.books.mcgraw-hill.com. This easy-to-read, compact guide outlines the overall issues involved in finding and financing long-term care. It provides worksheets to help families plan their future long-term care needs and to determine whether long-term care insurance is a good option. This guide is especially helpful at laying out clearly and succinctly the financial aspects of long-term care planning.
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