A Bittersweet Season by Jane Gross

A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents - and Ourselves was written by Jane Gross. Jane unexpectedly found herself in a caregiving role for her eight-five-year-old mother and faced many challenges. As she and her younger brother struggled with costs of senior care, she struggled to adapt in her role as a caregiver. In this book she shares her wisdom and advice through her own journey, and it is an essential guide to caring for aging parents. 


Read more about her book here

Tranquility at the Castle: Stress Relief Photo

This week's stress relief photo was taken at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, England on a beautiful early autumn day. It is a place of peace and tranquility that has an amazing history dating back to 1385. Caregiverlist invites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. We hope you have a great week.


"Stones in the road? I save every single one, and one day I'll build a castle."
-Fernando Pessoa

Headspace App

Caregiver stress is part of the job, the Headspace app helps you check in and relax for a moment. Headspace specializes in meditation and relaxation. Meditation times range from three to twenty minutes and covers a variety of topics. It's great for busy lifestyles and helps maintain a mediation schedule.

Learn more about the app at headspace.com

Book of the Week: Cruising Through Caregiving

Cruising Through Caregiving was written by Jennifer L. FitzPatrick. FitzPatrick has experienced all types of caregiving situations both professionally and personally, and with this book she shares her wisdom and knowledge. She focuses on the balance of being a good caregiver and not loosing yourself into it. Jennifer offers wisdom and personal stories of how she navigates through caregiving waters without sacrificing her own life, health, career and relationships. 


Autumn in England: Stress Relief Photo

Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." We thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, England, on a crisp autumn day. This beautiful place is also the birthplace of Winston Churchill. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
-Winston Churchill

Stress Relief Photo: A Place to Relax

Caregivers provide companionship and caregiving to seniors, and must remember to "care for the caregiver." We thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. This week's stress relief photo was taken along the coast of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. It is important to take time out and sometimes just find a quiet place to sit and relax. We invite you to take a moment to enjoy the photo and the inspirational quote and share them with loved ones. We hope you have a great week.


"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; 
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
-Winston Churchill

Waterfall in Iceland: Stress Relief Photo

The power and beauty of nature can be awe-inspiring. This week's stress relief photo was taken at the Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland. Caregiverlist invites you to enjoy the photo and share it with loved ones. At Caregiverlist we know the realities of caregiver stress. Thank you caregivers and certified nursing aides for your hard work and caring for our seniors. Please refer your friends to apply for part-time and full-time job positions on Caregiverlist.com and visit our career center for additional career tools. We hope you have a great week.


"A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will. "
-Icelandic Proverb

Book of the Week: Holding the Net

Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging was written by Melanie Merriman and won the choice for best caregiving book of 2017. The memoir follows Merriam as she navigates the difficulties of caring for her mother. Even with her background as a former hospice consultant who studied aging, illness and the healthcare system, Melanie faces struggles. The book provides details about the effects of aging on the body and mind and how to make tough decisions when it comes to care. Merriman does a great job of telling her story and encouraging other to simply try their best. 


Breaking Stereotypes: The Male Caregiver

When thinking about family caregivers, what usually comes to mind is a middle-aged woman. But a new report from AARP stated that the percentage of male caregivers has gone up to 40% compared to 34% eight years ago. "Today, 40% of the 40 million Americans caring for a loved one are male." 

Both male and female caregivers are prone to same health problems that come with caring for a loved one, including stress and depression. One of the differences, generally speaking, is that male caregivers may be more uncomfortable with hands-on personal care, especially those who have not spent time in child-care. They also experience difficulty opening up when about their feelings of stress and pressure. 

To learn more about this topic, visit the AARP report, and for support as a caregiver join the PAC.


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