Are you a caregiver? Are you, or someone you know, supporting a family member with a chronic condition?
Hello, I’m Leilani Norman, an artist, entrepreneur, parent, and former family caregiver. I created this book to validate your life of caring.
$27.95 plus shipping. This hardback, glossy cover book contains 64 pages of original art, quotes from caregivers and resources.
Some of us are caring for a family member in our home or our care partner’s home, full or part-time. Some watch over the medical, social and financial needs of someone who lives in assisted living. Some lend a hand with activities of daily living on occasion. Some are young people who help care for parents and grandparents. No matter how much or how little we participate, it is caregiving and we have many experiences and concerns in common.
Taking care of another person is both rewarding and challenging, filled with love and difficulty. Caring is Art is not meant to be an expert guide or a self-improvement manual, but a companion to you. I include resources that I have found useful and I hope that you will, too. Above all, I offer a gift of beauty to you through the paintings and photographs that I made while supporting my parents.
Caregiving presents us with many challenges, including personal ones. Every day can feel different, especially when our loved one has a degenerative condition or neurocognitive disorder, like dementia. Some days feel like the same cycle of tasks with no foreseeable end.
The good news is, our burdens can feel lighter when we share these challenges with each other, seek help and assistance, and cultivate meaning from the caregiving journey. We also experience humor and joy. It’s wonderful to share that, too, including the sort of insider-dark-humor that fellow caregivers really understand.
Learning to care for ourselves is crucial to our long term wellness, simply because we have to survive in order to provide care. And after our care partner is gone, we have ourselves and others to love and care for.
About the Author:
Leilani Norman is an artist, entrepreneur, former caregiver and the parent of two young adults with kind hearts . She completed a twenty-year arc of support to her parents when her mother died in late 2021.She holds a certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington and a BA in Psychology. Her interest in caregiver self-advocacy through nutrition and wellness are the subjects of two academic papers she wrote, “Connecting the Dots: Nutrition and Cognitive Health” (2020), and “Optimal Caregiving: Fostering Cooperation Between Direct Care Workers and Residents’ Family Members” (2021) She lives in Bellingham, Washington.