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The Caregiver's Survival Handbook (Revised): Caring for Your Aging Parents Without Losing Yourself Paperback – February 1, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Abramson directs this sourcebook at "caregivers at both ends of the spectrum," so whether readers are occasionally helping their parents balance their checkbook or are regularly bathing, feeding and dressing elderly family members, they’ll find valuable advice in this volume. The author, an aging expert who frequently appears on the Today Show, covers a lot of ground, and does a better job with certain subjects than others. Her advice on healthcare issues—from making sure those over 65 get enough calcium to paying for prescription drugs—is sound, if sometimes basic. And for particular afflictions (e.g., Alzheimer’s, dexterity problems), readers may want something more specific. But Abramson excels when she addresses the guilt, frustration, anger, fatigue and burnout that befall many women (this book’s primary intended audience) when they’re caught between caring for parents, children, maintaining a home and pursuing a career. She includes advice and anecdotes from women going through such travails, and their stories, coupled with Abramson’s soothing, compassionate advice, are sure to bolster the sense of self of many adults who are dealing with caring for their aging parents.
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Dr. Abramson's soothing, compassionate advice is sure to bolster the sense of self of many adults who are dealing with caring for their aging parents.

--Publishers Weekly

"Few entrepreneurs have focused more sharply on the needs of older Americans than Alexis Abramson." 
--TIME Magazine

"With one in four families now caring for an older family member, Abramson's book is an invaluable tool."
--Chicago Tribune

"You can trust Doctor Alexis to help you through the emotional and physical demands of caring for your aging parents." 
--Ann Curry, NBC's Today show
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Updated edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399536426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399536427
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Walker on August 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book in superb. Having an ailing parent, I turned to this book for the helpful tips discussed on the jacket cover. But it was so much more than that....it made me feel understood. The plain-speak and thoughtfulness in the text made the goal of caregiving seem much more attainable....and less overwhelming. The stories and examples of others in a caregiving capacity helped me to feel not alone. I strongly recommend this book, whether you yourself are a caregiver or not, it is a must read book of the year.
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I'm 55, work a very demanding job 50 hrs a week or more and often "on call" for emergencies after hours. I also am the sole care provider for my mother who is suffering from Alzheimers and my father, suffering another form of dementia. Life is somewhat stressful at this point so I was looking forward to finding some help on surviving this difficult time with some "self" left when it's over. A few pages into the book the author gives statistics stating that 80 percent or more of elder caregivers are women. From that point on almost all references to the caregiver refer to "her" and things that women can do to help manage the process. Well, I'm part of the other 20 percent. As a guy, I had difficulty relating to many of the suggestions/comments and though it's probably a helpful book for women, I gave up about a third of the way into it and have moved on to searching for something I can better relate to.
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The Caregiver's Survival Handbook is a great resource for me in caring for an aging father. The book has given me great ideas on how to plan for his healthcare and his general well being while allowing me to care for my own family. This is the first book I have found that addresses these issues in such a positive way.
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This book is written specifically to women and talks down to its reader more than I'd like. It says to go have fun and then has a full paragraph with a list of things that you might find fun. I know what I like, thanks. The whole book is like this.

It came in great condition though. No complaints about the seller. Theyre fine.
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The recipitant, my cousin, takes care of her Mother. She was praising the book. I may buy a copy of the book for myself as I am an Alzheimer's caregiver and need all the help I can get on being patient and kind.
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This Caregiver's Guide has its great value in the support it wishes to give to the caregiver. In other words it does not have the same detailed focus on the actual practices of caregiving that other guides on caregiving do. Instead it wishes to encourage the caregiver to care about herself. I say 'herself' because the focus here is on the overwhelming majority of caregivers who are women. As is pointed out in the introduction these are often women with multi- generational responsibilities who simply do not have time, or according to the author give enough time to caring for themselves their own life. Having a good sense of humor about it all, maintaining one's friendships and one's own interests, not that is losing oneself to the caregiving in such a way as to be wholly lost in it is the major recommendation of this book. The book contains many illustrative stories and has a message which is of great importance.
The problem of course is that it is far more difficult to put advice into practice than to know that it is correct.
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Having been a caregiver and now involved with several people in the same situation I wanted to find a reasource guide to give them. It is a quick read , which for a caregiver is a great thing. It does not sugar coat the situation and gives practical suggestions and good source information
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Speaking from a caregiver's perspective, I appreciate the consideration this book gives to the forgotten side of aging. So few people consider their aging parents in the big picture. Realizing and accepting responsibility for your aging parents without losing your own priorities in the process is a balancing act and Dr. Abramson did an outstanding job of advocating the needs, concerns and issues associated with caregiving.
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