Friday, July 10, 2015

Caregiver Comedy with a Big Dose of Help

“The Dutiful Daughter’s Guide to Caregiving: a Practical Memoir.”

I was introduced to this new book just this week. As soon as it arrived I opened to a random page and started laughing. Now, as you know, we look far and wide for the chuckles in caregiving but this book has super powers: honest practical help in the complexities of caring for older adults—two aging parents—and a lot of laughter—which (writing truth here: humor often comes from telling the truth) lightens the load and reassures us that we are not alone in this crazy caregiver game.

So yes, Judith Henry has written a memoir and guide. One of my favorite chapters is called, “We Were Never the Waltons”. Doesn’t that just nail it on sibling relationships and caregiving?

You’ll laugh. You’ll recognize yourself—and others—in this book. And—this matters: it’s a small book so it will fit in your hospital visit carry-on bag, and because it has a cute as pie cover you can give this as a gift to friends who are heading down the caregiver path. You’ll be giving them actual wisdom without seeming preachy.

“The Dutiful Daughter’s Guide to Caregiving” by Judith Henry

1 comment:

Judith Henry said...

Diane - Deeply grateful for your generous book review, I also had to laugh over your enjoyment of the sibling chapter title. That one seems to strikes a universal cord. :) Many thanks for spreading the word that a sense of humor can be a powerful ally in dealing with the stress of caregiving.
Wishing you all the best,