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Caregiving is no vacation, but you can cruise more smoothly through it!

If you’re facing the daunting reality that you’re about to become a caregiver—whether you planned for it or not—Cruising through Caregiving is the down-to-earth and authoritative answer you need. Jennifer FitzPatrick has been through nearly every possible scenario on the caregiving spectrum, both profes
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Paperback, 344 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Liz
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

I was offered an advance copy of this book at the perfect time. My 91 year old father fell and broke his hip almost two months ago. As I write this, he is still in rehab. But I am already having to learn the art of balancing my time with him against the rest of my life, navigating the rules of Medicare and getting a crash course in my parents’ finances. I had to laugh at the opening of chapter one. Fitzpatrick realistically notes that if you are reading this book, you're probably already a careg
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Monnie
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Are you a caregiver for a relative, perhaps an elderly parent? Might that a possibility in upcoming years? Do you want to take steps now to prepare for your own future so no one will have to fill that role when you no longer can care for yourself? If any of these scenarios set off alarm bells in your head, this book is an important tool. If they don't, it's probably even more important.

In the interest of full disclosure, I requested (and received, thank you) an advance copy in exchange for an ho
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Margaret
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been a primary caregiver twice years ago and both times I had to "wing it"! When I saw this book as a give-away on Goodreads Firstreads I applied for it, because chances are I will be a caregiver again as my husband is older than I am. When I won the book and started reading it I was very disappointed that I didn't have access to it years ago! I am keeping my copy but will not hesitate to buy copies for friends that need it. Being a caregiver is hard work and you need all the help you can ...more
Writing
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Maria Ryan
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Fantastically Rich and Resourced Guide to Elder Caregiving.

I’ll admit I was intrigued when this book came across my queue however I hesitated because I didn’t really want to read it. I have my own preconceived notions about caregiving, many of them negative. Also, since I am not a caregiver myself and do not plan on becoming one, why did I need to read this book?

As it turns out, I am glad I did. FitzPatrick, a gerontologist with over twenty years’ experience, has a way of breaking down caregi
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Anne
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Thank you to Green Leaf Book Group and Net Galley for providing me an advanced galley copy of this title in exchange for an impartial review.

Many people will find themselves as a caregiver for a loved one at some time in their life. Cruising through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Loved One by Jennifer L. Fitzpatrick provides help and guidance for those of us who are, or may become, caregivers. One of the things Fitzpatrick points out is that it is not only a person who takes
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Renee'
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Comforting, affirming guide for those in the position of caregiver for a friend or loved one. Chapters cover: types of caregiving; promises made to the receiver and how to handle them; care for self; when to ask for help; living and working arrangements among others. A short section addressess memory loss. Very informative and encouraging.
Lorilin
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Author FitzPatrick is very clear about what she hopes readers will get from this book. Cruising through Caregiving should help you "save money, energy, and time, so that you can have an improved caregiving experience." And, wow, she really delivers the goods for making that happen.

The book is divided into fifteen chapters. Topics include:

(*) Defining the different types of caregivers (primary, secondary, and tertiary)
(*) Respecting your older loved one's autonomy and preferences
(*) Recognizing
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Roxanne
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a Goodreads win review. The title of this book irks me a bit. I am providing care for my third elderly person and and I am 16 into doing caregiving. It is no cruise for sure. The book gives good information I found out the hard way. One thing I did learn is get away when you can so you do not tear all of your hair out.
Barbara
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tips for surviving the (usually) unchosen life of caregiving.
Colette
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I rarely read books like this but this book was a suggested read for me and I grabbed it. It's a quick read to a very serious situation that many people are faced with today. Caring for anyone is always difficult but caring for those that are elderly is especially hard. While I'm what you'd called the middle generation, I have young children and an older parent, I know my time to help out will be here sooner, rather than later. Although, many years ago my mother did suffer a health scare, I have ...more
Nancy
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think everyone should read this book. It is so well written and can help anyone on their journey as a caregiver. Every caregiver needs guidance and Cruising
through Caregiving is the book to turn too no matter what stage you are in.
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I'm biased... my friend is the author. Nonetheless, this book is an easy to read guide to things I have been thinking about and need to be thinking about as my parents and grandparents age.
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Jennifer Lubaczewski FitzPatrick MSW, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is the founder of Jenerations Health, a full-service training and consulting company, and is an adjunct instructor at the Certificate on Aging program at Johns Hopkins University.

She has appeared on ABC, CBS and Sirius XM and has been quoted in The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest, The Chicago Tr
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