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4 Books You Must Read As A Caregiver For Your Aging Parent

As our parents age, it's difficult to face the reality of caregiving and the stress that comes along with it. As we move through life as our parent's child, we know the impending responsibility to take care of their finances, well-being and household. If you're beginning to make the transition into this new role, here are 4 books on the caregiving experience you must read!

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1. Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents by Iris Waichler, MSW, LCSW

Caring for an aging parent can be draining–both physically and emotionally–and the risk of losing yourself comes at a high rate. Role Reversal is a comprehensive guide on caregiving for a loved one and how to take care of yourself while carrying out this new role. Waichler writes a terrific blend of self-help and memoir to provide tips along with personal experiences as a caregiver for her father.

2. Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: A Mindfulness-Based Guide for Reducing Stress and Making the Best of Your Journey Together by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

If you're caring for a loved one struggling with Dementia, the weight of the disease can weigh heavily on your own well-being. Caring for a Loved One with Dementia is a guide to wellness and mindfulness for caregivers who are seeking to reduce the level of stress that comes along with their role.

3. Parenting Your Parents: Straight Talk About Aging in the Family by Bart J. Mindszenthy

Parenting Your Parents is the straight shooter's guide to advice on taking care of an aging parent. From strokes to Dementia, from depression to substance abuse, this book will prepare you for what to expect as you transition into becoming a caregiver.

4. A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves by Jane Gross

Jane Gross manages to share the perspective of both caregiver and care receiver in A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents and Ourselves. As a New York Times expert on elderly care, Jane Gross shares her story on taking care of her 86-year-old mother and provides helpful tips for readers as she explores the complexities of caring for your parent.

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