The Caregiving Wife's Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself

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The Caregiving Wife's Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself

Format:  Paperback,

198 pages

Publisher: Pgw

Publish Date: Jan 2012

ISBN-13: 9780897936057

ISBN-10: 0897936051

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"Our AARP members tell us that one of the most difficult challenges they face is caring for a spouse or loved one who has become disabled or terminally ill. In "The Caregiving Wife's Handbook", Dr. Denholm provides the tools and practical advice caregivers need to navigate these rough waters and to emerge at peace with themselves and their loved ones."--A. Barry Rand, CEO, AARP.

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Publisher: Pgw
Publish Date: Jan 2012
ISBN-13: 9780897936057
ISBN-10: 0897936051
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 198
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Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introduction: What's Happening to My Life?p. 1
My Storyp. 5
What You Can Expect from This Bookp. 6
Examining Our Issuesp. 8
Prompts to Start Planningp. 11
Responses from the Groupp. 13
Organizing Answers and Choosing Discussion Topicsp. 30
Things I Want to Say but Don't Expect a Response Top. 32
Things I Want to Say but Won't, Because It Won't Make a Differencep. 33
Things I Want to Say but Should Only Share with a Friendp. 35
Things I Really Need to Talk About, Know About, Have Resolved, or Make a Decision Aboutp. 37
Communication Tools 101 (or Shall I Say, 9-1-1)p. 41
Keep Your Viewpoint While Your Husband and Others Keep Theirs, Yet Still Get What You Wantp. 42
Change a Person's Behavior, Whether or Not They Change Their Opinionp. 43
Changing Your Behavior May Make It Unnecessary for Other People to Change Theirsp. 44
Encouraging Your Husband to Say Morep. 45
Pitfalls to Avoidp. 46
Speaking His Languagep. 47
Summary of Communication Toolsp. 47
Talk Your Way to Understandingsp. 49
What If He Refuses to Meet?p. 52
What If I Refuse to Meet?p. 53
The Setting for Your Discussionp. 54
Preparing for the Discussionp. 55
The Discussionp. 57
Closing the Discussion and Creating Understandingsp. 58
Sample Understandingsp. 60
Comprehending Our Emotions-Life in the Guilt Factoryp. 69
The Big Cp. 72
Emotional Fine-Line Issuesp. 76
The Stress of Living Griefp. 87
Sometimes Our Emotions Surprise Usp. 88
I'm So Tired of Being the "Man"!p. 89
Emotions and Wordsp. 89
My Way Versus His Wayp. 90
Ultimately It Is His Diseasep. 93
Practical Issuesp. 96
Practical Fine-Line Issuesp. 97
Social and Familial issuesp. 128
Whose Business Is It, Anyway?p. 129
Everyone Has an Opinionp. 132
The Hottest Buttonp. 133
When Someone Asksp. 135
Public Face with Private Painp. 137
Visitors and Privacyp. 141
Ceremonies and Servicesp. 146
Self-Carep. 151
Manufacture Timep. 156
Stop Energy Drainsp. 157
The Delicate Topics-Love, Sex, Intimacy, and Affairsp. 157
Staying Awake When Trauma Becomes Normalp. 160
Sometimes a Cigar Is Just a Cigarp. 161
Health Lessons I Learned from My Husbandp. 161
50 Do's and Don'tsp. 163
Decisions, Transitions, and Discoveriesp. 169
Resourcesp. 175
Indexp. 189

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-11-15)

Practicing psychotherapist Denholm uses her own experience and that of other caregivers to provide direction for handling the myriad problems involved in the life-altering position of taking responsibility for a spouse's health. This comprehensive book covers a wide variety of topics, including methods for raising difficult questions, coming up with "understandings" to share with one's partner, which roles to take on and which to avoid, what's normal in terms of feeling and thinking, and specific dos and don'ts that will make life easier. Denholm discusses financial and legal matters as well as how to handle difficult social and familial issues. Not only will those in caretaking positions find practical suggestions from this book, they'll discover they are not alone in their struggle.

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Awards and Recognitions

  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, 2011 (United States)

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