This is an excellent reading list.
Best Books for Caregivers: AgingCare Member Suggestions
While it is difficult to know where to start when searching for caregiving advice, I find the above works provide a varied and important perspective. Below are recommendations compiled by and for family caregivers.
Below are some AgingCare members’ best book recommendations on topics like dementia care, family dysfunction, caregiver stress, end-of-life issues and self-help.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande, M.D., MPH
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir, by Roz Chast
Trading Places: Becoming my Mother’s Mother—A Daughter’s Memoir, by Sandra Bullock Smith
Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief, by Pauline Boss, Ph.D.
Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence, by Gail SheehyBoundaries:
When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Loving Hard-to-Love Parents: A Handbook for Adult Children of Difficult Older Parents, by Paul K. Chafetz, Ph.D.
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss, by Nancy L. Mace, M.A., and Peter V. Rabins, M.D., MPH
How to Survive Change… You Didn’t Ask For: Bounce Back, Find Calm in Chaos, and Reinvent Yourself, by M.J. Ryan
Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook, by Howard Gruetzner
The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey, by Nancy Kriseman, LCSW
Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You, by Susan Forward, Ph.D.
Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers, by Paula Spencer Scott
Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families, by John Friel, Ph.D., and Linda Friel, M.A.