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God knows caregiving can pull you apart : 12 ways to keep it all together
Thompson, Gretchen.
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Publication Information:
Notre Dame, Ind. : Sorin Books, [2002]

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157 pages ; 22 cm.
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BL625.9.C35 T48 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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- Addresses a contemporary issue and helps readers clearly define and understand its real meaning in their lives- Uses shared stories and thoughtful insights to demonstrate how others have handled similar issues- Offers practical suggestions and exercises to help readers put the issue in perspective and find solutions that work

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Library Journal Review

America's population is aging, owing in part to improved medical care and the effective treatment of diseases that used to be considered terminal. Still, just because we are living longer doesn't necessarily mean that we are doing so without experiencing physical or mental deterioration, sometimes devastating. Thompson's book is designed to help people who find themselves in the role of caregiver to a parent, spouse, companion, or child, quite often unexpectedly and with no previous training for such a task. A major theme of the book is that "you are not alone." Thompson, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, offers advice for connecting with other caregivers who may be encountering similar situations and stresses the importance of access to accurate information about medical conditions and to the various resources available to caregivers. Each section contains examples of dilemmas typically faced by caregivers, including the author, and simple exercises designed to provide the practical assessment of various solutions to problems. Thompson has written book that, like others in the "God Knows" series, is successfully aimed at providing quick information and will appeal to a wide audience. Recommended for public libraries. Mary Prokop, Savannah Country Day Preparatory Sch., GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Way 1 Create Time Awayp. 13
Way 2 Welcome All Your Emotionsp. 25
Way 3 Pace Yourselfp. 37
Way 4 Watch for Hidden Blessingsp. 51
Way 5 Find Fellow Travelersp. 61
Way 6 Educate Yourselfp. 73
Way 7 Be Open to the Gifts Your Loved One Has to Offerp. 85
Way 8 Learn to Say "No"p. 97
Way 9 Go With the Flowp. 107
Way 10 Be Gentle With Yourselfp. 121
Way 11 Let Humor Heal Youp. 133
Way 12 Remember the Futurep. 145
Acknowledgmentsp. 157