Recommended Books and Videos
Here is the list of books, articles and video resources that might come useful for senior caregivers and families with elderly members. There are plenty of resources now online and it is a good thing as everyone can find answers to their questions as well as learn about experience of other caregivers. We offer the most interesting selection of books, articles and videos for those who want to know more about elder care.
How to Care for Aging Parents, by Virginia Morris and Robert Butler – The guide will be useful for adult kids and caregivers of senior members of the family.
CAREGIVING Ready or Not by Charles Puchta – Very useful and full of tips for families with elderly members, provides a lot of advice on harmonic co-existance and decision-making.
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins – Good read for families with elder members suffering from dementia.
Caring for Your Parents: The Complete AARP Guide by Hugh Delehanty and Elinor Ginzler – Pretty helpful guide on caregiving with answers on every question that might concern a individual or a family with an elder member.
Finding Freedom at Home: The Ultimate Guide to Home Care by Sam Sellers – A lot of helpful advice and encouragement for families who decide choosing home care option for their seniors.
The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-By-Step Guide for Caregivers by Maria M. Meyer – Another useful book on home care and how to arrange it in the best and the happiest way for all parties.
Coping With Your Difficult Older Parent: A Guide for Stressed-Out Childrenby Grace Lebow and Barbara Kane – This is a book for those adult children who have “difficult parents”. Good advice on how to handle your relationship when you know it’s going to be tough.
Just As I Thought by Grace Paley – The book is as much an autobiography as it is possible. A beautiful insight into the life of this great American writer, and a overview of what age is and how it comes to us. Brainpickings.com book review here.
Essays After Eighty by Donald Hall – Most entertaining book of stories based on Donald Hall’s own life. It is a look back on his time and how it changed and also how he himself changed. Brainpickings.com book review here.
What’s So Funny About… Book Series by Karyn Buxman – The series of books that teach to deal with life’s challenges with humor.
Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast – A funny and inspiring memoir cartoon full of humor that aims to bring a little light to families who lost their elderly parents.
Why Do You Think I Call You Mama? by Debbie Keys – Inspiring story of an adult daughter taking care of her dementia-suffering mother. A comic relief for everyone in similar situation.
Books: for Kids
The Memory Box by Mary Bahr – A touching story of a Grandpa and his grandson and how they fight for keeping memories while dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Communities Struggle to Care for Elderly, Alone at Home – Do you really have any idea about how independently living seniors really have to survive? Here is some food for reflection.
- How the Trailer Park Could Save Us All – Traier park as an alternative to senior home or a assisted living facility – why not?
- Ask the Aged – The purpose of live fro the perspective of those who have seen it all.
- Ready or Not: What It’s Like to Care for Aging Parents – A collection of personal stories and reflections devoted to living and taking care of the elderly.
- Senior Living Magazine by Argentum – A monthly magazine covering various topics around seniors and their needs.
- Long-term Living Magazine – Some interesting articles and recent researches and news can be found here.
- Aging in Place section of Parent Giving – A list of practical advice on caregiving can be found here.
- Caregiver College video series by Family Caregiver Alliance
- Caregiver Stress video series by Caregiver Stress
- Caregiver Training by UCLA Health
- Canadian series on caregiving and dementia
- How to help prevent trips and falls in home – by The Visiting Nurse Service of NY – Some useful tips on your home modifications that will make it easier for your elder member to move around.
- How to measure vital signs – by Care and Compliance Group step-by-step process of basic medical diagnostics for caregivers.
- How to live to 100 – Dan Buettner’s brilliant TED talk about living longer and better.
Very inspiring video about the perception of “old age”: Millennials Show Us What ‘Old’ Looks Like