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November is National Family Caregivers Month, but the following resources are relevant 12 months out of the year. Whether you are caring for a chronically ill, aged or disabled loved one, you, as caregiver, will also need support. We hope this collection of books, videorecordings, websites and community resources will assist you.

Books and Videos: Nonfiction

Many of these books address specific illnesses or circumstances, such as Alzheimer's or aging. However, most of these selections also address the needs of any and all caregivers.

The American Medical Association guide to home caregiving by Angela Perry, medical editor

The burden of sympathy : how families cope with mental illness by David A. Karp

Caregiving sourcebook : basic consumer health information for caregiving, including a profile of caregivers ... by edited by Joyce Brennfleck Shannon

Caregiving : the spiritual journey of love, loss, and renewal by Beth Witrogen McLeod

The fearless caregiver : how to get the best care for your loved one and still have a life of your own by [edited by] Gary Barg

Finding the joy in alzheimer's : caregivers share the joyful times by Brenda Avadian

How to care for aging parents by Virginia Morris ; foreword by Robert N. Butler

I'm with you now : a guide through incurable illness for patients, families, and friends by M. Catherine Ray

Keeping them healthy, keeping them home : how to care for your loved ones at home by Ellen M. Caruso


eBooks are electronic versions of printed books. They can be read online from any computer connected to the Internet, which could be helpful if it is difficult for you to get out of the house. You will need to open an account with netLibrary in order to check out e-Books. It is a simple process, but your account must be opened from a computer at the Canton Public Library or by dialing in to the library's modem pool. Directions are available online.

Alzheimer's [electronic resource] : a caregiver's guide and sourcebook by Howard Gruetzner — also available in Print format.

Childhood leukemia [electronic resource] : a guide for families, friends & caregivers by Nancy Keene — also available in Print format

The what to eat if you have cancer cookbook [electronic resource] : over 100 easy-to-prepare recipes for patients and their families and caregivers by Maureen Keane and Daniella Chace

What to eat if you have diabetes [electronic resource] : a guide to adding nutritional therapy to your treatment plan by Maureen Keane and Daniella Chace

Books: Fiction

Never change by Elizabeth Berg —  Myra Lipinski, a home-care nurse, gets an opportunity to care for her high school crush, Chip Reardon. Chip has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. This assignment proves to be a catalyst in Myra's life.

One true thing by Anna Quindlen — Ellen Gulden, who against all personal inclinations returns home to care for her dying mother, Kate, and eventually finds herself accused of mercy-killing. The book was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger and William Hurt.

Seasons of sun & rain by Marjorie Dorner — Almost 30 years after their graduation, six women — close friends in the honors program at their small Wisconsin college — gather for a week at a bed-and-breakfast on the shore of Lake Superior, as five of them had done the previous summer. What makes this reunion different is that Micky Shaw, the best and the brightest of them, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Talk before sleep by Elizabeth Berg — A group of five women care for one of their circle as she battles with cancer.

Feature Films

Coming home [videodisc] by United Artists ; produced by Jerome Hellman ; directed by Hal Ashby ; screenplay, Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones ; story, Nancy Dowd — Set in 1968, the story concerns a woman who, while her husband is serving in Vietnam, falls in love with a paraplegic while performing volunteer work at a San Diego veterans hospital. Feature film starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern.

Igby goes down [videodisc] by United Artists and Atlantic Streamline present in association with Helkon International Pictures and Crossroads Films a Marco Weber/ Lisa Tornell production, a film by Burr Steers — His mother is dying from cancer, his father has been sent to a mental hospital and Igby's trying to cope. Features performances by Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Susan Sarandon.

Iris [videodisc] by Miramax Films, BBC Films, Intermedia Films present a Mirage Enterprises, Robert Fox/Scott Rudin production of a Richard Eyre film — Adapted from the memoirs of literary critic John Bayley, the film recounts his courtship of and long marriage to British novelist Iris Murdoch. The scenario tacks back and forth from the young Iris to the elder Iris — slowly giving way to the cruel erasure of memories by Alzheimer's. Stars Judi Dench and Kate Winslet.

Wit [videodisc] by HBO Films presents an Avenue Pictures production, a film by Mike Nichols ; producer, Simon Bosanquet ; screenplay writers, Emma Thompson, Mike Nichols ; director, Mike Nichols — An English professor is diagnosed with cancer. She agrees to undergo a series of procedures that are brutal, extensive and experimental. She finds that the fine line between life and death can only be walked with wit. Stars Emma Thompson and Christopher Lloyd.


These are just a few of the resources found on the Internet.

Alzheimer's Association: This is the largest national voluntary health organization supporting Alzheimer research and care. On this site, you'll find information about the disease, programs and services, plus advocacy efforts.

Heartmates: This site offers resources for the spouse, family and loved ones of a heart patient.

HIVInsites: From the University of San Francisco, this website provides information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and policy.

National Cancer Institute: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This site presents current cancer information on types of cancer, support resources, clinical trials, statistics, along with research programs.

National Family Caregivers Association: NFCA is a grass roots organization created to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who care for chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones.

The Senior Alliance: The Senior Alliance (Area Agency on Aging 1-C) administers a network of in-home and community support services for older adults and qualified disabled adults in the 34 communities of Southern and Western Wayne County.