“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.” – Charles Baudelaire
As a busy caregiver, you need all the help you can get. These 10 books offer practical caregiving advice, emotional support, humor and some simple ways to practice self-care or spend quality time with your loved one. We’ve provided links so you can purchase them online, but you can also see if your local library has them. Many are available as e-books, and you may find some in audiobook format as well.
1. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? – Roz Chast
New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature humor to the topic of aging parents. Told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, this funny and touching memoir brings both comfort and comic relief to family caregivers.
2. My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver – Martin J. Schreiber
Former Wisconsin governor Martin Schreiber shares his story as the primary caregiver for his wife Elaine, who developed Alzheimer’s. He also has advice about providing care while also taking care of yourself.
3. The Caregiver’s Survival Handbook: How to Care for Your Aging Parent Without Losing Yourself – Alexis Abramson
Women caught between raising children and caring for aging parents will appreciate the advice in this handbook. You’ll also find help for dealing with the emotional challenges of caregiving and how to get help when you need it.
4. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers: 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice, and Bonding – Joan Lunden and Amy Newmark
These short, inspirational stories offer support and encouragement, and are a good reminder that you’re not alone.
5. Who Cares? The Give and Take of Family Caregiving – Jerry Bridge
Written by a motivational speaker and comedian, this book can help you navigate the day-to-day challenges of caregiving with grace and humor.
6. Eldercare for Dummies – Rachelle Zukerman
Caregiving is hard. Whether you’re just now entering the caregiver role, or you’ve been doing it for a while now, this user-friendly guide will walk you through the many aspects of being a caregiver.
7. Meditations for Caregivers: Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family – Barry J. Jacobs and Julia L. Mayer
Chapters are organized by theme so you can easily find encouragement and meaningful ways to lower stress and find inspiration.
8. Daily Comforts for Caregivers – Pat Samples
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by caregiving responsibilities, this little book may be just the thing you need. A topical index makes it easy to find inspiration and affirmation to help you take good care of yourself.
9. Adult Coloring Books
Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. There are plenty of themed coloring books that are perfect for relaxing, de-stressing and doing something enjoyable that’s just for you.
10. Read-Aloud Books
Reading aloud to your loved one can be a good way to have some quality time that doesn’t focus on care. Find a collection of short stories or essays, or just a good book you and your loved one will enjoy reading together.