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Category: Recommended Reading

Newfound Hope for Dementia Caregivers Inspired by The 36-Hour Day

Although we all realize our parents will eventually need our help, we never really know when or how quickly they may need us to intervene. And, while we notice changes occurring, it’s hard to know when to get additional help if the…

From Stage to Page, Advice and Humor as a Showbiz Legend Turns 90

Book of the Month: December 2015 Actor, comedian, and song-and-dance legend Dick Van Dyke will turn 90 years old this December 13. With career hits on stage, film, and television (highlights include Bye Bye Birdie, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins,…

Lyrical Language and Vivid Recall in Memoir of Stroke and Recovery

Book of the Month: November 2015 Recovering from any physical setback takes hard work and patience. Progress may be slow and frustrating, caregiver demands can be high, and the effort required to restore physical strength can cause discomfort, exhaustion, or both. For…

Spelling it Out: Author Reflects on Her Breast Cancer, from A to Z

Book of the Month: October 2015 One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer; the disease remains the most-diagnosed form of cancer in women and their second-leading cause of death. With so many women touched by this disease, there…

A Bestselling Surgeon’s Striking Vantage on Aging and Care Priorities

Book of the Month: September 2015 Dr. Atul Gawande has brought his insights as a surgeon, public health researcher, and professor of medicine to the literary world for many years. He has been recognized for his bestselling books and contributions to the…

Compassionate Storytelling Uncovers the Value of Caregiver Self-Care

Book of the Month: August 2015 As seniors age or their health declines, caregivers juggle many emerging needs for their loved ones. Doctors might impart instructions for medications or post-operative care; therapists might demonstrate and teach safe practices to assist with activities…

Depression Insights and Personal Battles in One Encyclopedic Book

Book of the Month: July 2015 Being diagnosed with a chronic disease and learning to cope with the condition represent major changes that can profoundly affect a patient’s mood, outlook, and behavior. Some illnesses and/or associated treatments cause fatigue, pain, or other…

To Have and to Hold On: Caregiver’s Memoir of Keeping Husband at Home

Book of the Month: June 2015 The majority of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but honoring this request can be difficult. Some progressive diseases require extraordinary amounts of hands-on care, which may grow to be more than a…

Health News Round-Up: Building a Better Shingles Vaccine

New Shingles Protection Shows Promise for Seniors If you’ve ever suffered through chickenpox, then you’re at risk for shingles. Although chickenpox subsides over time, the virus that causes it stays dormant in your body for the rest of your life. In some…

Research and Reason Enable Informed, Compassionate Decision-Making

Book of the Month Medical innovations have resulted in remarkable lifesaving advances. If a person’s heart or breathing stops, or he or she is unable to eat or drink, hospitals and other medical facilities are often equipped to intervene so that the…

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