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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
Barry Jacobs has written an excellent book not only for caregivers of aging medically ill parents but for professionals who work with patients and families coping with chronic illness. Several things stand out in this book. First is the approach which involves following a ficionalized pair of adult sisters who are caring for and coping with an ailing mother. Jacobs writes this account with great depth and creativity and is able to capture the kinds of feelings and describe the kinds of patterns that are often missing in other 'self help' books. Second, Jacobs also utilizes his own expereince, personal and professional, including advice columns he has written over the years. Third, the book covers evrerything from how to decide how much care you can provide to how to consider spiritual and other issues. Fourth, along the way are plenty of very valuable "how to" suggestions that will be of great benefit to any reader. If you are looking for even one caregiving book for your bookshelf, choose this one. Excellent read. Excellent resource.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2006
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Author Barry Jacobs has done his homework well and speaks of his subject matter with both expertise and the human touch of one who knows this territory first hand from having lived it both personally and professionally. As a practicing clinician, I have recommended it to many patients who are struggling with issues around the aging and declining health of their parents. Jacobs provides a prospective that steers a middle course between acknowledging the guilt that adult children feel around the need to take care of themselves while taking care of their parent, and the real physical and emotional demands of caretaking. Besides all that, he is a good writer and tells us about the central lessons of caretaking through the story of two sisters facing the serious illness of their mother. This subject is one most of us have to face sooner or later, and Barry Jacobs gives us an excellent guide as to how to navigate the terrain as well as possible.

Jan Goldman, Psy.D.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2006
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The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers is an amazing book focused around the difficulties faces by two sisters taking care of their ailing mother. Real people can relate to the characters and their struggles are real to many people across America and the rest of the world. I think that anyone who is a caregiver should definately read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
My Mother has Parkinson's Disease and as her only caregiver (in a family of many) for the past six years I felt alone and on the verge of giving up when I found this book. Thank you Barry Jacobs you saved my life and my Mother's life. I no longer feel alone and am working through the pages a little at a time with hope to survive
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
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I was struggling trying to be a new caregiver to someone with dementia. When I read this book, I immediately tried some of the tips. The response was positive. This advice works. I did end up placing the lady, though, because its just not my personality to be that selfless. Being a caregiver is not for everybody. But, if I can use these tips to plow through a rough patch, I know YOU can too! Helpful book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
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I have been in a caregiving situation for twelve years. I wish I had read this book at the start. I found it very helpful and insightful with meaning for me even at this stage in the process. I would recommend this for any caregiver of a person with a chronic disease.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
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I am still reading this book but have so far found it very insightful. I am struggling with taking care of 1 parent with terminal cancer and the other has alzheimer's and I live 9 hours away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2014
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This book was a great help to me. Was caregiving for my Mother. She was a dementia patient and on hospice. This book helped me get through the really hard stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2012
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THis book is excellent guide to help care for aging parents. It was helpful in many aspects of that situation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2014
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Seemed to sum up only the already obvious issues associated with care giving. I was looking for more help.
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