Here is a list of books that have helped me as a caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer’s.
While I Still Can by Rick Phelps
The 36 Hour Day by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins from Johns Hopkins
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s by Robert N. Butler
Life With Alz by Mildred Kay Thomas
Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers by Frank Broyles
The Hedge People by Louise Carey
Caring for Mother -n A Daughter’s Long Goodbye
When Your Aging Parent Needs Care by Candy Arrington and Kim Atchley
Sunsets by Deborah Howard
The Final Mile by Faye Landrum
Submitted by Vicki Bennett
(Thanks, Vicki, for sharing!)
There’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and the odds of winning the lottery aren’t exactly in your favor. Tax breaks, though, may be something you can bank on. Here are some tips for families with members who have special needs. (From Military One-Source)
Find out more about each option as well as find the IRS Publication where the details are found by going to
I think that sometimes there is a greater temptation for parents of kids with special needs to fall into this trap even more than parents of typically developing kids. “He works so hard to do this, that I’ll make it easy on him to do that.” or “She has special needs, so I can’t expect the same thing as I do from my typically developing child (or student)” Grace and an alternate path to success may need to be applied to achieve similar high expectations, but giving in every time puts the child and the parent (or teacher) at risk in the long run.
“So how do you challenge that false sense of entitlement in kids, and why is it so important to do so? I believe it’s critical to challenge them because once your child grows up and goes out into the real world, he will have to work for what he wants, just like everyone else. So as a parent, it’s important that you teach your child the value of hard work and earning things. He needs to really see that integral connection between making an effort and achieving success. Conversely, when things are handed to your child, the message he’s getting is, “You don’t need to do anything—everything will be given to you in life just because you’re you.”
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Many times as caregivers, whether for a parent, spouse, or child, we feel like the sole responsibility lies on our shoulders. Sometimes it needs to, but sometimes, it doesn’t need to. Asking for help is part of learning to be an effective caregiver.
“I was ready to accept that I needed help, that asking for help was the most loving thing I could do for my husband and our marriage.”
Reading this couple’s story gives much food for thought. More Than Love Alone