Caregiver Recommendations: 2 Book Suggestions

caregivers1.The Caregivers by Nell Lake, Non-Fiction 

The book, The Caregivers, by Nell Lake, is non-fiction, but reads like a good fiction novel. The author spent two years as an observer in a support group for people caring for elderly and/or ill spouses, parents, and friends. The book chronicles the daily experiences of these people and the variety of challenges they each face. The author also points out  future challenges to existing medical and support systems as we become an increasingly aging population (the baby boom tsunami of elderly is moving rapidly).

It reminded me so much of Karyn’s group – we too, are there to listen and learn, share and support through our common experience as caregivers.

Available at North Vancouver City Library and the North Vancouver District Public Library.

they left us everything2. They Left Us Everything: A Memoir by Plum Johnson 

I also enjoyed They Left Us Everything: a Memoir by Plum Johnson. This is a true Canadian story, set in Ontario. After the death of first her father, then her mother, the author takes up residence and sets out to “discard and declutter” items from her parent’s family home  It is not an easy task, as she attempts to do this. Memories and observations highlight her past relationships with her parents and siblings.

The blurb from the library states: “A funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future.”

Available at North Vancouver City Library, West Vancouver Memorial Library, and the North Vancouver District Public Library.

-Susan, A Caregiver

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