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The ABCs of Caregiving: Words to Inspire You Paperback – February 22, 2013
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"The reader will find helpful and inspiring ideas for the caregiving journey." - Yvonne Dean, Caregiver
"Dr. Davis has presented valuable information for all caregivers and about-to-be caregivers, not only from her own experience, but from the depth of her wisdom. She offers practical advice in a very readable format, as well as takes her audience into thought-provoking ways of approaching the problems and solutions for the caregiving journey. This is a must-have resource for all those who are committed to caring for their loved ones." - Gloria Harrison, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
"For both caregivers and the bereaved, The ABCs of Caregiving provide readers with short, easy-to-read commentary on the components of caregiving. However, the real beauty of this book lies in its spiritual guidance, particularly for those caregivers who feel overwhelmed and lost. ...This is a must-read for the caregiver in need." - Caregiver's Survival Network
About the Author
Nanette J. Davis received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University, and completed a post-doctorate degree at Stanford University. Nanette has more than three decades experience as an educator, writer, advocate, researcher and lecturer. Her scholarly work includes numerous books and more than 100 articles, encyclopedia contributions, research reports, book chapters and reviews. Nanette was granted the prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, among other accolades, and has most recently taught at Western Washington University, Chapman University and Portland State University.
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The content is very well thought out. Dr Davis addresses emotional needs by helping readers have realistic expectations in their roles, while helping them let go of the unfounded guilt and other negative self talk that can often zap more energy out of the caregiver than the actual tasks associated with care. The book is full of concrete tips to improve the caregiving experience and quality of life for both the caregiver and the care recipient. From breathing patterns that help reduce stress, to ideas for "me time", to communication and stress relieving techniques, to preparing for the end of life, the book is choc full of tips, ideas, strategies, and affirmations.
I highly recommend this book for caregivers to start their days and to keep handy throughout the day for quick pick-me-ups and best strategies for improving the caregiving experience. This book is not a one-time read, but a book to keep handy when the emotions are taking over, your patience is thinning, and you're at a loss for what to do. Each nugget will leave you encouraged and more empowered with knowledge for all the decisions that come with the caregiver role.
My favorite aspect of the book is that she consistently holds up the caregiver’s need to let go of total, ultimate irrevocable responsibility for the outcome of the loved one’s condition. For example on Uncertainty:
The most productive way to deal with uncertainty
and to gain a greater sense of ease is to put
aside your expectations. Rather than worry about
why, what, when or how your loved one’s prospects
may turn out, stay in the NOW. Be optimistic,
but temper positivity with the reality of
your loved one’s physical and mental condition.
Once you can overcome the temptation to engage
in wishful thinking, you are on your way to
being a well-balanced caregiver.
But in this book, Davis focuses on how you can feel empowered and uplifted as a caregiver, not defeated. Davis draws not only on her own experience as a caregiver, but on her interviews with 60 family caregivers. The book is divided into brief sections on “words to inspire you” for each letter of the alphabet—for example, “acceptance,” “compassion” and “perfectionism.” Each section is a sort of meditation, an affirmation of both the importance of your role as caregiver and the need to focus on your own well-being.
Davis is a straight talker. She tells you she understands how you feel—and she does—but she’ll also tell you that venting about your frustrations as a caregiver will only get you so far. For the letter “G,” for example, she says “Give up complaining!” Venting is important, as you shouldn’t keep your feelings about caregiving bottled up inside, but so is arranging help, taking time for yourself, and trying some relaxation techniques or prayer to reduce your stress level.
If you read this short book a section or two at a time, like a meditation, you may feel inspired to take some simple steps to put your needs first. You may also feel more appreciated for your work as a caregiver, more compassion for yourself, and more hopeful.
A must-read for any caregiver, and a lovely gift.
--author, "Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter's Memoir"
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I read the ABC's of Caregiving often. Each time I open the book, I find something new to think about and apply to my situation.Read more