Lending Library for Caregivers​

Lending Library for Caregivers​

The WE’s Caregivers’ Lending Library is here for you!

Our free lending library listed below is specifically designed to meet your caregiving needs. You can arrange for free pick-up and drop-off by contacting Anaïs Fortin-Maltais, Caregivers’ Program Coordinator, by phone at 581-446-7476 or email:  afortinmaltais@jhpartners.net

A Caregiver’s Guide to Communication Problems from Brain Injury or Disease (2022)
By Barbara O’Connor Wells & Connie K. Porcaro

An all-in-one guide for helping caregivers of individuals with brain injury or degenerative disease to address speech, language, voice, memory, and swallowing impairment and to distinguish these problem areas from healthy aging.

Moving Through Cancer (2022)

This book is an empowering guide to using strength training and exercise to improve patients’ as well as caregivers’ mental and physical health before, during, and after cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Men as Caregivers (2004)
By Betty J. Kramer & Edward J. Thompson Jr.

Drs. Kramer and Thompson, both experienced researchers in the area of men as caregivers, provide an in-depth and comprehensive overview of the topic in this collection of articles from various experts.

So Far Away (2010)
By National Institute on Aging

Developed by NIH’s National Institute on Aging, this 44-page booklet is filled with ideas and resources that can help make caring for a loved one from afar more manageable and less stressful.

Feeding My Mother (2017)
By Jann Arden

Based on her hugely popular Facebook posts and Instagram photos, Feeding My Mother is a frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of the transformation in Jann Arden’s life that has turned her into the primary “parent” to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.



The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers (2006)
By Barry J. Jacobs

This compassionate book will help families everywhere avoid burnout, preserve bonds during one of life’s most difficult passages, navigate tough decisions and make the most of their time together as they care for an aging parent.





The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People (2020)
By Deborah Stone

This book is the ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities.  Topics range from how to get help immediately, legal information, care funding options, a guide to useful technology and advice on the main physical and mental health issues that affect older people.





The Family Guide to Aging Parents (2015)
By Carolyn L. Rosenblatt

With expert advice from Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN and elder law attorney, with direct experience helping hundreds of families like yours, this crucial guidebook, The Family Guide to Aging Parents offers you all you need to competently handle what lies ahead, in the legal, financial, and heath care issues that come with caring for aging parents

When a Parent is Sick (2007)
By Joan Hamilton

This book provides parents and other caregivers with suggestions on how to approach children with the information that their other parent is seriously ill. There are lots of examples of how and what to say to children and teens. The book also covers what to do when a parent is dying and what to do when a parent dies.




I Still Do (2009)
By Judith Fox

A poignant and beautiful portrait of a man with Alzheimer’s as seen through the loving lens and words of his wife and care-partner, I Still Do: Loving and Living With Alzheimer’s puts a human face in front of the statistics, exploring the disease through Fox’s intimate photographs and poetic writing.

A Beginner’s Guide to the End (2019)
By Dr. BJ Miller & Shoshana Berger 

A clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that so often seems anything but controllable.





A Caregiver’s Guide : A Handbook About End-of-Life Care (2004)
By Karen MacMillan

This book has helpful information for those providing care to loved ones dealing with a life-limiting illness, particularly in the home setting.





Advance Care Planning : Prepare for Serious Illness by Sharing Your Wishes for Future Health and Personal Care (2020)
By Connie Jorsvik

Advance Care Planning is a practical guide to advance directives, living wills, and other documents and strategies for communicating your health- and personal-care preferences. It explains what can be done to communicate your wishes, and how to do it, in a straightforward and caring way.

After Caregiving ends (2014)
By Denise M. Brown

A book on the loss of your caregiving role and the loss of your family member or friend. Organized into seven sections, “After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again” features practical tips, helpful insights and comforting perspectives of former family caregivers adjusting to life after caregiving.




Ambiguous Loss (2000)
By Pauline Boss

A book about grieving when there is no proper closure. In this sensitive and lucid account, Pauline Boss explains that, all too often, those confronted with such ambiguous loss fluctuate between hope and hopelessness. 





Companioning the Bereaved (2005)
By Alan D. Wolfelt

This book is for everyone who walks alongside mourners – counselors, hospice caregivers, friends and family members. 






On Grief and Grieving (2005)
By Elisabeth Kübler-Ross & David Kessler

This book applies denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance to the grieving process. It includes sections on sadness, hauntings, dreams, coping, children, healing, isolation, and even the subject of sex during grief.





What’s your Grief? (2022)
By Eleanor Haley & Litsa Williams

A friendly and accessible book that will help anyone experiencing a change or loss through seventy-five engaging, informative, and accessible lists, such as to-do (and not-to-do) lists, bucket lists, interactive lists, and more.




The Grief Companion (2022)
By Ngaio Parr

No two people grieve in the same way. The Grief Companion is a non-linear collection of cards that offers insights into the ever-evolving grieving process: providing thoughts and facts to help you feel grounded and seen; ideas on how to honor your loss and memory; and resources you can rely on as your experience of grief continues to shift.




It’s OK that you’re not OK (2017)
By Megan Devine

Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we try to help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides―as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner―Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing. She debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, “happy” life, replacing it with a far healthier middle path, one that invites us to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it.

Stop Walking on Eggshells (2020)

This compassionate guide on caring for someone living with borderline personality disorder will enable you to make sense out of the chaos, stand up for yourself and assert your needs, defuse arguments and conflicts, and protect yourself and others from violent behavior 

Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People (2022)
By Stephen G. Post

For caregivers of deeply forgetful people: a book that combines new ethics guidelines with an innovative program on how to communicate and connect with people with Alzheimer’s.





Navigating the Alzheimer’s Journey (2004)
By Carol Bowlby Sifton

Learn why challenging behaviors occur and how to respond to them, how to arrange the environment to support everyday functioning, how to capitalize on remaining abilities, when and how to get help, and what plans to make for future care. You will find your most pressing day-to-day needs met in this comprehensive and informative book. Just like a compass, it will keep you confidently pointed in the right direction at each stage of your caregiving journey.



Still Alice (2009)
By Lisa Genova

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever. As she struggles to cope with Alzheimer’s, she learns that her worth is comprised of far more than her ability to remember.



Through the seasons (2008)
By Cynthia R. Green & Joan Beloff

Through the Seasons helps family members and caregivers engage memory-challenged adults in simple, enjoyable activities that provide stimulation and enhance communication. Fun and easy to use, this large-format color picture book is divided into themes representing the four seasons.



What if it’s not Alzheimers? (2003)
By Lisa Radin & Gary Radin

This book is the first comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), one of the largest groups of non-Alzheimer’s dementias. The contributors are either specialists in their fields or have exceptional hands-on experience with FTD sufferers.





What’s Happening to Grandpa? (2004)
By Maria Shriver & Sandra Speidel

Kate has always adored her grandpa’s storytelling – but lately he’s been repeating the same stories again and again. One day, he even forgets Kate’s name. Her mother’s patient explanations open Kate’s eyes to what so many of the elderly must confront: Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss. Determined to support her grandfather, Kate explores ways to help him – and herself – cope by creating a photo album of their times together, memories that will remain in their hearts forever.


Living with Parkinson’s Disease (2020)

Presented in a friendly and easy-to-understand way, this book addresses PD-related issues and symptoms along with emerging therapies. In each chapter, Dr. Okun offers patients the necessary tools to manage their disease and to ultimately find joy and fulfilment in their lives.

10-Minute Mindfulness : 71 Simple Habits for Living in the Present Moment (2017)
By S.J. Scott & Barrie Davenport 

This book is for anyone who recognize the need to improve their focus, productivity, happiness, and peace of mind. Not only can you choose from a selection of 71 mindfulness habits, you will also discover the practical tools to turn these actions into automatic behavior. 




Aging in Good Mental Health : a Care Provider’s Guide (2012)
By Association Canadienne pour la Santé Mentale

This booklet is a reference and support tool designed for care
providers, facilitators or volunteers working with seniors, and for caregivers of elderly people. The guide encourages us to reflect on our attitudes, perceptions and prejudices toward older adults and presents reference points to enhance understanding of aging and foster respectful communication.


Be With : Letters to a Caregiver (2018)
By Mike Barnes

Meant to be a companion in waiting rooms, on bus routes, or while a loved one naps, Be With is a dippable source of clarity for harried readers who might only have time for a few lines or paragraphs. Mike Barnes writes with sensitivity and grace about fellowship, responsibility, and joyful relatedness—what it means to simply be with the people that we love.




Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul (2012)
By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & LeAnn Thieman

Whether you’ve chosen caregiving as a profession or caregiving has chosen you, youre daily commitment and sacrifice are true testaments to the human spirit. These true, inspirational stories offer you a respite from your responsibilities, bringing uplifting and comforting insights to fill you with renewed hope, courage and strength.




Hope for the Caregiver (2014)
By Peter Rosenberger 

Drawing upon an astonishing three decades as a caregiver for his wife, author/radio host Peter Rosenberger brings his wealth of experience to today’s massive caregiver population.





Take Back Your Life (2018)
By Loren Gelberg-Goff 

In this book, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and experienced family caregiver Loren Gelberg-Goff shows you exactly how to have a life, feel that loving connection you thought was gone, stop arguing and get cooperation from your siblings and others to find other resources to guarantee that much-needed you time.




The 36-Hour Day (2012)
By Nancy L. Mace & Peter V. Rabins 

For over thirty years, this book has been the trusted bible for families affected by dementia disorders. Now completely revised and updated, this guide features the latest information on the causes of dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, the prevention of dementia, and finding appropriate living arrangements for the person who has dementia when home care is no longer an option.




The Caregiver’s Companion (2021)
By Carolyn A. Brent

In this extensive guide, caregiver advocate Carolyn Brent outlines a step-by-step process so caregivers know what to do and what to ask in every situation that may arise, including: signs that your loved one needs more assistance, what to look for in a retirement home, caretaking in your own home, how to ensure wills are in order, how to manage difficult family relationships, ensuring you are getting the help and care you need.



The Year of Magical Thinking (2007)
By Joan Didion

In this book, Didion explores with electric honesty and passion a private yet universal experience. Her portrait of a marriage, and a life, in good times and bad, will speak directly to anyone who has ever loved a husband, a wife, or a child.

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