Recommended Reading:

The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself  by Linda Abbit
How can you fulfill your role as a caregiver without losing yourself? Conscious Caregiver teaches you how to navigate caring for your loved one, whether it’s full-time in-house caregiving or hiring support from outside services. With information on how to talk to your loved ones about the situation, handle the emotional stress, stay financially secure, and take the time to care for yourself, this guide can help you care for your loved one and yourself at the same time.

The Caregiver Helpbook is part of the family caregiver education program, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”.
This book gives caregivers tools to help them:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Manage time, set goals, and solve problems
  • Better communicate their feelings
  • Make tough decisions
  • Locate helpful resources
The second half of the book addresses issues such as hiring in-home help, choosing a care facility, caregivers of veterans, and caregivers of children with special needs.

Life is Long!: 50+ Ways to Help You Live a Little Bit Closer to Forever by Karen Salmansohn
Full of clear, actionable advice, Life is Long is a phenomenal resource for improving your immune system, boosting mental clarity, feeling more energetic, slimming down & aging at your best!

This Chair Rocks by Ashton Applewhite
From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too—until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. The book explains the roots of ageism—in history and in our own age denial—and how it divides and debases, examines how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of olders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and concludes with a rousing call to action. Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, this book will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life. Age pride!

Call Me by My True Names: The Life Poetry and Teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh
In Call Me by My True Names, you are invited to join Thich Nhat Hanh as he shares his personal life story, his poetry, and his vision for a more mindful, peaceful world community. In part one we join Thich Nhat Hanh for a rare interview, as he shares the story of his childhood in Vietnam, how he first started on his spiritual path, and how socially conscious spiritual seekers can help to heal the wounds of war and violence. Part two presents the poetry of Thich Nhat Hanh, as recorded at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Future Reads:

Wife | Daughter | Self
by Beth Kephart
In these exploratory essays, Kephart writes about her marriage, her husband, her aging father, her students, and her son. Each entry peels at the truth of who Kephart is, giving glimpses of different parts of her life, until larger pieces of the entirety she chooses to show are visible. Though they are not always chronological and at times are tangential, the entries explore and explain how family ties shape and define women.

Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to Meaningful Death
Henry Fersko-Weiss shares stories and strategies in his Caring for the Dying that show how doula programs remove pain and fear from the dying process and instead help the dying and their families to infuse death with ritual significance.

Good Morning, I Love You, a Journal for Calm, Clarity & Joy
by Shauna Shapiro
While enduring a messy divorce, Shapiro learned to say “Good morning, I love you” to herself each day. At first it rang false, but before long she found that she meant it. The book’s journaling drills reinforce that mantra by promoting self-compassion and thankfulness. They include morning and evening prompts; a recurring one asks the participant to describe a positive event from their day in as much sensory detail as possible.