Here are some reading materials that we have found particularly informative, useful or compelling. We have provided links to the large online book vendors for your convenience, although most of these books will be available from your local library.
A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care, A Guide for Family Caregivers; by Virginia Bell, David Troxel
Elder Rage or, Take My Father... Please! How To Survive Caring For Aging Parents; by Jacqueline Marcell, Rodman Shankle
Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's; by Lauren Kessler
36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life; by Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins
The Eldercare Handbook: Difficult Choices, Compassionate Solutions; by Stella Henry, Ann Convery
When Your Parents Need Elder Care: Lessons From The Front Lines; By Laurie Orlov
How to Enjoy Your Retirement: Activities from A to Z (Second Edition); by Tricia Wagner, Barbara Day
The Cultures of Caregiving: Conflict and Common Ground among Families, Health Professionals, and Policy Makers; by Carol Levine (Editor), Thomas H. Murray (Editor)
Fallproof!: A Comprehensive Balance and Mobility Training Program; by Debra J. Rose
Eldercare for Dummies; by Rachelle Zukerman
Eldercare 911: The Caregiver's Complete Handbook for Making Decisions; by Susan Beerman, Judith Rappaport-Musson
Eldercare 911 Question and Answer Book; by Susan Beerman, Judith Rappaport-Musson
Nurturing the Family: The Guide for Postpartum Doulas; by Jacqueline Kelleher
Home Care Nursing Practice: Concepts and Application; by Robyn Rice
Other Worthwhile Resources
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Caregiver Self-Assessment Questionnaire
This is a brief assessment developed by the American Medical Association, to help a caregiver identify whether she/he is under excessive distress from the caregiving situation.
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New Jersey Consumer’s Guide to Homemakers-Home Health Aides
This is a State publication providing an overview of the role, requirements, and other important information concerning the Certified Home Health Aide in New Jersey.
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A Pocket Guide to Caregiver Resources in New Jersey
A directory of most of the important federal, state and local resource phone numbers for caregivers and the people for whom they care.
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The Top Ten Things Caregivers Don’t Want to Hear…and a Few Things They Do!
A caregiver’s summary of the thoughtless, careless and even painful things people can often say to the primary caregiver. Written by Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund in New York City.
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Kaiser Family Foundation
The link below discusses the costs of health care in the U.S.
The Burden of Medical Debt in the U.S.
Advance Directives, also known as Living Wills, enable you to ensure your wishes as to medical care in the event you are unable to convey those for some reason. Regardless of age or current medical condition it’s a good idea to have one in place. They are relatively simple documents as long as you comply with the format required.
Here’s a site that might help.
New Jersey Advance Directives
Medicare and You
Talking About Medicare and Health Coverage
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