Books on Care Cover Comfort, Dignity, Love

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New books for family caregivers and those they care for continue to roll off the presses. Some, like Connie Goldman's The Gifts of Caregiving (see article on page 16), convey stories and general advice, and others are specific to certain diseases. Following are a few of them.

Love, Honor and Value: A Family Caregiver Speaks Out About the Choices and Challenges of Caregiving by Suzanne Geffen Mintz (Sterling, Va.: Capital Books, paperback, 204 pages) is a compact heart-to-heart chat with fellow caregivers by the president and cofounder of the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) in Kensington, Md. She incorporates her own story of care for her husband, Steve, who developed multiple sclerosis in 1974, with those of others she encountered on her journey toward helping create the NFCA. The mix of personal experience, advocacy and practical tips on subjects ranging from how caregivers can care for themselves to dealing with legal and financial issues will appeal to a wide range of readers.

The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-by Step Guide for Caregivers, Second Edition, by Maria M. Meyer with Paula Derr (Portland, Ore.: CanTrust Publications, paperback, 363 pages) is an easy-to-read, large-type guide organized into two major sections, "Getting Ready" and .Day by Day," with a third section of resources, such as a glossary of common terms and a bibliography. Meyer was a recognized advocate for abused children when, a decade ago, her father-in-law's stroke refocused much of her energy on the need for better care at home. Derr is a nurse and veteran clinical educator who has extensive personal family-care experience.

A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care-A Guide for Family Caregivers by Virginia Bell and David Troxel (Deerfield, Fla. …