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Sheehy, Gail
Passages in caregiving : turning chaos into confidence / Gail Sheehy
1st ed
New York : HarperCollins, c2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  RA645.3 .S49 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Caregivers
Chronically ill -- Care -- Psychological aspects
Chronically ill -- Family relationships
Home nursing
Physical Description xv, 396 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes index
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents The making of a caregiver -- The call -- Why didn't we talk about this before? -- The inner pilgrimage -- Tag, you're it! -- First turning : shock and mobilization -- How we mobilize -- What to do about Mom and Dad? -- Second turning : the new normal -- Seeking a new dream -- The education of a fearless caregiving family -- Sibling wars -- Third turning : boomerang -- When it comes back -- Chasing the tiger -- Sandwiched! -- Fourth turning : playng God -- The whole world in my hands -- Taking clay to Monet -- Guess what, we're not God! -- When a couple is divided by dementia -- Fifth turning : "I can't do this anymore!" -- Traumatic transitions -- Ready to explode -- Mind jobs : caring of a loved one with cognitive decline -- Cognitive comeback : a creative breakthrough -- Sixth turning : coming back -- Breaking down, breaking through -- Caring for the unloved one -- Seventh turning : the inbetween stage -- Beyond cure, what now? -- Coming home -- The new Latina model -- Eighth turning : the long good-bye -- The crucial choice -- Finding the "why?" to live -- Moments of presence -- Crossing the Rubicon -- Epilogue : Who will take care of us? -- From crisis to closure
Summary No one really expects it, but at some time or another, just about everyone has been--or will be--responsible for giving care, for a sustained period, to someone close to them. Gail Sheehy, who has chronicled every major turning point for twentieth-century Americans, as well as reported on everything from politics to sexuality, knows firsthand the trials, fears, and rare joys of caregiving. Here, she takes you by the hand and shows you that you will get through this, and you will do the right things. Sheehy identifies eight crucial stages of caregiving and offers insight for successfully navigating each one. Most important, however, she points out that you don't have to be alone in this process. This book can help turn a stressful, life-altering situation into a journey that can be safely navigated and from which everyone can benefit.--From publisher description
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