App Of The Week: GoodReads

Looking for a great app to read, get more suggestions, and rate books?

Look no further and try the app GoodReads it allows you to do all this and it is an award winning app. They offer a variety of suggestion in their “Popular Caregiver Books” section. What’s even better is that there are 20 million members on GoodReads and the app also allows you to read brief descriptions from the people who have read it!

Book of the Week: When The Time Comes

Journalist Paula Span shares the stories of several families in her book: When the Times Comes: Families with Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions. Each family faces a question regarding elder care and all have to weigh out the options to reach an appropriate decision. 

Paula details the emotional challenges, practical discoveries and solutions that these families go through, as each one finds what is best for their situation. It's provides useful advice and insight into finding the right path for different elder care circumstances.

Read more about her book here

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

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. 

The Spectrum of Hope by Gayatri Devi

The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias was written by neurologist Dr. Gayatri Devi. She has been specializing in dementia and memory loss for over 20 years. With this book she changes the way we look at Alzheimer's disease by defining it as a spectrum disorder. She offers practical advice and wisdom for caregivers and anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. 

Read more about Dr. Gayatri Devi and her book here. 

Where the Light Gets In

Where the Light Gets In was written by famous actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley. It tells the story of her mother's illness and how it changed their family. It explores the writer's relationship with her mother and their bond as they deal with a rare form of dementia. 

Read more about the book here. 

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. 

Book Recommendations App for Caregiver Stress Relief

Stress relief for senior caregivers plays an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One good way to take your mind off a tough day and relieve stress is to sit down with a good book and read for a while. The GoodReads App asks users to rate books they've already read and suggests similar titles for them to read next. 

When users first create an account, the app asks them to select from existing categories of the types of books they enjoy reading. Popular options include classics, contemporary, fantasy, fiction, non-fiction and young adult.

The next step asks users to rate different titles on a scale of one stars through five stars in the selected genres so the app can get a sense of which books the user enjoys and make suggestions to read next. The more books a user rates, the better matched the suggestions for what to read next become. If users don't rate the suggested 20 titles to start off with, then they can still browse through the most popular titles and fun lists such as "Best Women-authored Books."

Other areas of the app include "My Books," which allows users to keep a running list of titles they've read previously, are currently reading or would like to read in the future, "Scan," which pulls up book info easily with a quick scan of the bar code on the back, and "Challenge," which asks users to set their own 2014 reading goal for number of books they would like to read this year. 

Senior caregivers can use the app to find books for themselves to read for stress relief, whether it's before bed, in a waiting room or on a quick break from caregiving. They can also try sharing book recommendations with their senior clients. If a senior client particularly likes to read, create them their own account on GoodReads and become friends with them on your own profile so you can share recommendations between one another. 

The GoodReads app is available for Apple and Android products.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

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