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Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories Paperback – August 22, 2005
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up being pulled in to it. I read the entire book in one
sitting. I have great respect for writers that can weave
words together in a manner that creates not only a picture
in your mind, but invokes the emotion of the heart and soul
of the reader. You may never know how many hearts you touch
with this book, Carol, but you will be blessed in many
unforeseen ways for this contribution. It speaks to the
reality of elder care issues with an honest look into the
small moments that change each of us on this path.
Barbara Mascio, Senior Approved Services [...]
Skip Jones, Human Service Professional and family caregiver.
Bursack uses a professional journalist's interview technique to compile the trials and challenges of over twenty-five caregivers who have poured out their hearts to her. There is a relaxed intimacy to her writing style that immediately engages the reader. It feels as though each of her subjects has become your own personal friend who is quietly sharing with you the private pain associated with care of their loved one.
Bursack introduces each person with a description of surroundings, clothing, gestures and expression that reveals a sharp eye for detail--the kind of detail that imbues the people and their stories with humanity. Her faithful and insightful reporting of these stories, told in each caregiver's own words, has created a sensitive and well written book that is must reading for anyone facing the decline of a parent.
I recommend it highly."
Author, Publisher, Speaker
A memoir about caregiving
I expected the book's primary objective, that of helping people cope with their own troubles by sharing the experiences of others. However, I didn't expect what has turned out to be an even bigger value to us than that important one. Perhaps it is because our experiences with our own parents are finally (whew!) behind us. But the really big value for us was that both of us kept thinking all the way through, "What about us when it's our turn to be taken care? Are we ready? Have we planned the way we should so that things will go as smoothly as possible?" Our answer was a resounding "NO!"
We are beginning to do some serious estate planning for ourselves and will pay serious attention to educating those who will be caregivers for us when the time comes so that they are better prepared to assume the role than we were with our own parents. We have this book to thank.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Learned so much reading the stories, including her personal one. So many think that caregiving ends when you move them to assisted living or memory support. Not true. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Touch of Joy
If you are a caregiver, I believe you need this book and and will want to keep it handy to read at all times over and over. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Craig
The book doesn't give many details, perhaps because she interviews so many people. But it did give me perspective on the family caregiving I have just started.Published 17 months ago by Linda Raye Sue
An amazing book of stories that will touch your heart and encourage you, especially if you are a caregiver. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carol Heilman
Very touching stories and personal accounts of dealing with parents with dementia. I could relate to so many of the things these people went throughPublished 24 months ago by Cheryl
This book allowed me to get a glimpse into other caregiver's lives....and therefore
helped me to adapt to my mother's changing needs and personality. Read more
Carol has written a compassionate and heart felt reflection into the needs of the soul in taking care of your parents or elderly loved ones at the end of life's journey. Read morePublished on April 7, 2009 by Sandra Pennington
Anyone in the process of providing the most appropriate and loving caregiving for their beloved elderly knows just how rewarding the experience is. Read morePublished on August 16, 2008 by Dr. Annette Colby
I am a professional who has studied caregiving of elders. Carol's book was very well written, and reflected the same type of stories I found in the research I did on elder... Read morePublished on August 27, 2006 by Mary Erickson