Join the Virtual Book Club!
Caregiving is no vacation, but you can cruise more smoothly through it. Led by author Jennifer L. Fitzpatrick of Jenerations Health has launched. This free virtual book club is designed with dementia caregivers in mind. While the book itself is an invaluable resource to anyone on the caregiving journey, the Cruising Through Caregiving Virtual Book Club will focus on the experience of dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers and explore the content of the book through this lens. Many thanks to Hilarity For Charity and Oasis Senior Advisors for sponsoring. Get your free chapter of the book when you sign up below:
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About the Virtual Book Club
- All Virtual Book Club sessions are on Wednesdays at 4 pm ET starting on May 15th
- A weekly email will be sent out prior to each session to all book club registrants explaining how to tune into the virtual book club
- A recording of each session will be sent to all book club registrants!
If you’re facing the reality that you currently are or are about to become a caregiver— whether you planned for it or not— Cruising through Caregiving is the down-to-earth and authoritative resource you need. Jennifer L. FitzPatrick has been through nearly every possible scenario on the caregiving spectrum, both professionally and personally, and she expertly shows you how to be a responsible, loving caregiver without being overcome by guilt, exhaustion, or worry.
FitzPatrick offers practical and effective solutions to help you reduce caregiving stress. Cruising through Caregiving will help save you money, energy, and time. Its simple strategies will show you how to get the help you need as you navigate your loved one’s ﬁnances, living setting, or declining physical and mental health conditions.
Advice and resources from FitzPatrick and twenty-four other professionals show how to give your loved one the best quality of life possible without sacriﬁcing your own life, health, career, relationships, or ﬁnancial stability.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars!
- May 15, 4 pm ET: Dementia Caregiving 101
- May 22, 4 pm ET: What Promises Should We Make In Dementia Caregiving?
- May 29, 4 pm ET: Your Loved One With Dementia Is Still A Grown Up!
- June 5, 4 pm ET: Your Loved One With Dementia Is Important, But So Is Everyone Else
- June 12, 4 pm ET: Living With Your Loved One Who Has Dementia
- June 19, 4 pm ET: Managing Career & Dementia Caregiving
- June 26, 4 pm ET: Avoiding The Martyr Syndrome
- July 10, 4 pm ET: Collaborating With Other Family Members & Friends In Caregiving
- July 17, 4p m ET: What Else Is Out There To Help Someone With Dementia & Their Family
- July 24, 4 pm ET: How To Pay For Care
- July 31, 4 pm ET: Why The Doctor Can’t Be Your Only Professional Resource
- August 7, 4 pm ET: Making Decisions When Your Loved One Can’t
- August 14, 4 pm ET: Renewing The Caregiver Commitment
- August 21, 4 pm ET: Grief and Death In Dementia Caregiving
- August 28, 4 pm ET: The Caregiver’s Brain & Life After Caregiving
About The Author
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick MSW, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), is the founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., a training company that helps healthcare and senior living organizations and associations. She is also an adjunct gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s Certificate on Aging program.
Praise for Cruising Through Caregiving:
“Cruising through Caregiving offers support and practical ideas, including how to help from a distance, how to avoid making false promises, and how to manage financial impact. This is a useful resource from someone with vast experience, both as a gerontologist and a caregiver.” —Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Actor & New York Times best-selling author of Where the Light Gets In
“What makes this book invaluable is Jen’s expertise on caregiver stress. It’s one thing to get a handle on the obvious—Will the money run out? Who helps me? Is aging-in-place a good idea?—and another to be open-minded about the emotional challenges we face in the eldercare process. There are many ways to be a good caregiver; but perhaps the greatest skill of all is the willingness to change course and correct mistakes. This book shows you how.” —Joy Loverde, author of The Complete Eldercare Planner and Who Will Take Care Of Me When I Am Old?
“In my Life Care Planning law practice, my Elder Care Coordinator and I work with many families struggling with the challenges of caregiving. As we focus on the elders who needs care, we work hard to assure that their families have access to the tools and resources they need. But until I read Cruising Through Caregiving, we have not had a framework for helping the caregivers understand that they have a right to include their own needs in the choices that are made. Now, I find that it is natural to use Ms. Fitzpatrick’s terminology when I discuss those options with our clients and their families. I strongly recommend this book not only to families dealing with the stress of caregiving, but to the professionals who seek to help them.” —Marsha Goodman, CELA President, Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA)
“Caring for a loved one is a challenge — and most people are unprepared for the myriad of complex issues they will face. Cruising Through Caregiving is a must-read for any caregiver. This informative book not only offers advice for handling the tough emotions, but also provides solid guidance for medical, financial, housing and dementia care. Caregivers who read this book will be empowered to better manage the pressures that are common to all caregivers.” —Dianne C. McGraw, LCSW, CMC President, Aging Life Care Association (ACLA)
“Jennifer FitzPatrick has perfected a fine and detailed primer for the caregiver, focusing on the complicated trials and tribulations of caregiving. Using excellent examples, she dissects various problems and offers sound, practical and up-to-date information and advice. A must read for professionals, caregivers and all aging Boomers!” —Virginia Ford, MSN, CRNP, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Translational Research Center