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Top Picks for Caregiver Books by Bruce Epstein

When we are face with a new role of being a caregiver for a loved one, I think we all need some comfort, understanding and guidance.  Reading different books and finding the connection from the words on the page to your own personal journey with a loved on can be overwhelming. Bruce Epstein a Kensington friend wanted to share his selection of books that helped him and his loved one on their life’s journey.





  • “The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers”

by Barry Jacobs, PsyD

The seven key psychological tasks that can help you succeed as a caregiver without losing ground in other areas of your life.


  • “My Mother, My Son”

by Dwayne J. Clark,

A true story of love, determination and memories…lost by a successful executive in the senior living industry whose mother became a resident in one of the assisted living community.


  • “When Someone You Love No Longer Remembers”

by Cecil Murphey

Understanding the fears and frustrations and offers the comfort of brief stories and prayers as well as practical advice and encouragement for caregivers.


  • “The Best is Yet to be”

by George and Sedana Cappannelli

How to Age Wisely and fall in love with your life… Again


  • “When Someone You Love Has Alzheimer’s”

by Cecil Murphey

Daily words of encouragement to help the reader focus on God in the midst of trials.


  • “Loving Someone Who Has Dementia”

by Pauline Boss, PhD

How to find hope while coping with stress and grief; is a much needed guide that offers proven strategies for managing ongoing stress and grief. With the guidelines for staying resilient while caring for someone who has dementia. The book offers hope when experiencing “ambiguous loss”.


  • “Strength for the Moment”

by Lori Hogan

Inspiration for Caregivers written by the cofounder of Home Instead Senior Care. The book responds to the needs of the special people who give of themselves to help their loved ones maintain quality of life in the home, providing much needed encouragement, emotional nourishment and affirmations.


  • “Daily Comforts for Caregivers”

by Pat Samples

365 daily meditations that offer compassionate reassurance and gentle encouragement.


  • “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Family Caregivers”

by Joan Lunden and Amy Newmark

101 Stories of love, sacrifice and bonding. The book provides emotional and practical resources to sustain the family caregiver for the long journey filled with emotional support and practical advice.


  • “Creating Moments of Joy”

By Jolene Brackey

A journal for Caregivers highlighting that “when a person has memory loss, his life is made up of moments and it is absolutely attainable to create perfectly wonderful moments”


  • “The 36-Hour Day”

by Nancy Mace, M.A. and Peter Rabins, M.D.

A family guide to caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementing illnesses, and memory loss in later life.


  • “The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parents”

by Jane Daly

Stories from the front lines of battling guilt, negotiating new boundaries, and dealing with exhaustion with a message of grace and hope to help you honor your aging parents.


  • “Confidence to Care, A Resource for Family Caregivers Providing Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Care at Home”

by Molly Carpenter

The essential handbook for the family caregiver offering practical insights to understanding, managing and preventing the behavioral symptoms associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


  • “Surviving Alzheimer’s, Practical tips and soul-saving wisdom for caregivers:”

by Paula Spencer Scott

Offering insightful and practical guidance for the millions of caregivers struggling to help their loved ones suffering from dementia.

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