One word of advice to those of you who may be caregivers; Buy a whole lot of caregiving books. Education is key to understanding the progress of aging along with how to care for those with specific issues, particularly Alzheimer’s or dementia. Caregivers of Alzheimer and dementia patients have a special place in Heaven if you ask me.
I was so very lucky in that my own elderly Mother was clear thinking up until just a few weeks before her death. I’m not sure how well I would have done caring for her otherwise although, if she had Alzheimer’s or dementia, I probably would have figured it out.
Regardless, I did invest in a lot of good books for caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients just to gain additional insight into the small amount of Mom’s forgetfulness we saw. I even gained enough information to pen my own book. You can see it at the link here – Senior Citizen Caregiving 101: The Things I Wish I Had Known.
And, to all of you caregivers who give of yourself (your time and your soul) so freely, here’s a few highly rated books on Amazon.com that may help you in your duties. My favorite was the Chicken Soup for Soul: Living With Alzheimer’s and other dementias.. I found pieces of stories it that directly related to my caregiving or my Mom – particularly the part about living in the moment.
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory LossCreating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers, Fourth EditionLearning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the DiseaseA Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life EasierAlzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook, 3rd EditionA Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer’s CaregiverCaring for the Caregiver — A Guide to Living with Alzheimer’s Disease
Download those Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving books onto a new Kindle – A Caregiver’s Best Friend (almost)
When I was caring for Mom, I went with her to her doctor appointments and stayed over in the hospital and rehabiliation facility. I’m not quite sure what I would have done those long, quiet nights without my Kindle. I loved that it fit right into my purse so it was always available. It’s also a delight to be able to download a book any moment you might choose.
I’m on my third Kindle, having lost the first two. I currently have the Kindle touch which is not my favorite because I find that I inadvertently (and accidentally) forward my reading spot somewhere else in the book. I have a heck of a time getting back to where I was! Next on my list is the Kindle Fire.
Anyway, here’s a selection of Kindles and other reading devices on Amazon.com:
Kindle Fire HDX 7Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ ebook readerBarnes & Noble Nook Color eReaderLibre Ebook Reader Pro (black)ALURATEK LIBRE 7IN COLOR MULTI-MEDIA – EBOOK READER WITH 2GB BUILT-IN MEM – AEBK07FSAluratek 7