《Bran-New + Book of Hope And Insight Into What Is Usually A Difficult, Life Changing Role》Nell Lake - THE CAREGIVERS : A Support Group's Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love
This inspirational and Moving Bestseller in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM61.99. Now here Only at RM16. A moving, intimate, and compassionate book that chronicles the experiences of a group of long-term caregivers—spouses, parents, and friends of the elderly and ill—illuminating critical issues of old age, end-of-life care, medical reform, and social policy—and “providing comfort in the time-honored form of shared experience” -- The Minneapolis Star-Tribune In 2010, journalist Nell Lake began sitting in on the weekly meetings of a local hospital’s caregivers support group. Soon members invited her into their lives. For two years, she brought empathy, insight, and an eye for detail to understanding Penny, a fifty-year-old botanist caring for her aging mother; Daniel, a survivor of Nazi Germany who tends his ailing wife; William, whose wife suffers from Alzheimer’s; and others with whom all caregivers will identify. Witnessing acts of devotion and frustration, lessons in patience and in letting go, Lake illuminates the intimate exchanges of caregiving and care-receiving and considers important and timely social issues: ● How can we care for the aging, ill, and dying with skill and compassion, even as the costs and labors of care increase? ● How might the medical profession take into account the needs of caregivers as well as patients? In The Caregivers Nell Lake shares a thoughtful and tenderly reported depiction of the real-life predicaments that evoke these crucial questions. With more and more people spending their late years ill and frail, and 43 million Americans already caring for family members over age fifty, this is an important chronicle of a widely shared experience and a public concern. “ The Caregivers is as elegantly constructed as a novel, but more than that, Lake writes about these people with such warmth and vividness that they feel as memorable as our favorite fictional characters. It is a beautifully written account” -- The Boston Globe). What started out as a straightforward research project about a support group for people who provide care for ailing loved ones soon morphed into a far more intimate involvement than journalist Lake anticipated. How could it not? Judging from her sensitive and insightful narrative of their daily fortunes and, more often, misfortunes, the caregivers portrayed here exude a compassionate demeanor that is contagious. Certainly Lake’s experience and thus her book are highly relevant. An estimated 17 percent of employed Americans are currently caring for an ailing relative. Of course, reckoning those ubiquitous baby boomers, support groups like this can only grow exponentially more important. And not just due to sheer numbers but also because of the heroism—her word—that is required to meet the new reality of a parent or spouse slowly slipping away via dementia or Alzheimer’s. These, then, are snapshots of a new kind of hero. Not a first responder but a constant responder to the shifting needs of an ailing/aging loved one. It’s as if Lake’s caregivers are saying, “Heed our words, and learn.”. It enlightened readers as to some of the things our loved one is going through and how we can assist them. It also discusses the stress that caregivers undergo and what it does to them over the long term. The Caregivers is a collection of anecdotes about those who choose to look after their failing loved ones. It is not a "how to" book, rather it tells caregiver stories with all the love, anger, resentment and frustration that accompanies diminishing capabilities and role reversals. You come to appreciate the evolving stories and the many voices heard in a hospital support group, transcribed by the author. It is a compassionate book - anyone who has ever been in the caregiving role will recognize the complex thoughts and feelings associated with the task. The Caregivers gives hope and insight into what is usually a difficult, life changing role. A must read for those serving as caregivers. Insightful and inspirational, the real stories from a real caregivers support group will enlighten and entertain. Also suitable for anyone interested in caregiving, either professionally or personally. About the Author Nell Lake, a journalist and magazine writer, was the founding editor of the Nieman Narrative Digest at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. She has written for The Boston Globe, Yankee, Harvard Magazine, and other publications, and has reported for public radio. She lives with her family in western Massachusetts.
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