Fifty-four million Americans already serve as unpaid caregivers to family members, and that number is likely to grow as the population continues to age. Two-thirds of these caregivers are women-many of them in the "sandwich generation," simultaneously caring for both children and older family members. This book offers guidance to present and future caregivers-based on the real-life experiences of the authors and other caregivers who have openly and honestly shared their joys and heartaches. It isn't a book by "experts," but by people in the trenches-to help you develop realistic goals and expectations and strategies to keep your sanity through the trials and tribulations of caregiving. Your experiences may be similar to or different from the caregivers featured here, but their stories are likely to resonate with anyone who has cared for a loved one-or might. "I wish we had read something like [this book] before we took on the responsibility of caring for my aunt." Janelle's Story "So my hope is that someone who is going through a similar experience can read this book and can gain some insight both from what we did and what we might have missed doing." Judene's Story
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the book you will wish you had read before you needed it. Honest, practical stories from the real world of experienced family members who cared for aging relatives over time. Every reader will identify with someone or some family care crisis in this book. It is comforting to know you are not alone. The stories leave a tough legacy of caring, and a boat load of practical tips for those of us on the front lines and in the midst of care journeys. Well-written and easily accessible.