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Take your oxygen first : protecting your health and happiness while caring for a
Gibbons, Leeza.
Adult Nonfiction RC521 .G53 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Overwhelmed family caregivers will find Gibbons's book immensely and immediately useful. Even though Gibbons's family had the financial resources to weather the nine years her mother, Jean, lived with Alzheimer's, the feelings of pain and helplessness were unavoidable. Gibbons and her father, siblings and children share what they learned in dealing with Jean's decline and eventual placement in the dementia unit of a nursing home. While memory loss is the focus of the book's first section, the rest offers excellent advice for family caregivers on how to take care of themselves both physically and emotionally, from exercises to keep one strong enough to aid the patient to dealing with guilt and denial around a loved one's memory loss. Photos. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders are one of the leading causes of death for people over 65. Although families and spouses provide most of the care, few seek outside support or information about memory loss, writes Gibbons, best known as a cohost of Entertainment Tonight. Along with coauthors James Huysman, a social worker and psychologist, and Rosemary Laird, a physician, she offers a wealth of practical, solid, jargon-free information on essential topics like causes and treatments and the spiritual side of caregiving. The authors underscore the importance of "caring for the caregiver," suggesting ways families can maintain their own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being so they can continue to provide care at home and avoid costly nursing home placement for as long as possible. Verdict: Gibbons serves up readable information not readily available in similar guides, enriched by her caregiving anecdotes and extensive resources section. Add this to your core caregiving collection, librarians.-Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Inst. Lib., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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