Denver, CO, June 25, 2019 — After a life-threatening accident stopped her completely in her tracks a few years ago, author Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse and her family came to truly understand that we are all one event from a lifestyle change.
Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter clearly illustrated the importance of this when she said: "There are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers." Hence, the new book by Cruse with Patrick Egan has arrived, Caregiving: Hope and Health for Caregiving Families (ISBN: 9780757321931 – May 2019). While some people choose to take care of loved ones after they can no longer take care of themselves, many others must do so for a myriad of other reasons, often financial. It can be a crisis situation, such as an accident, or the long-term effects of aging. In any case, the days are often long and draining—both for the family care-giver and the paid professional—and the choices to be made are often confusing, difficult, and daunting.
Filled with practical, easily implementable advice, this illuminating book helps readers sort through the puzzle that forms the caregiving world. Topics include: identifying the roles of caregivers; dealing with burnout; finding ways to compartmentalize and separate without guilt; using technology to make life easier; building bridges through teamwork; downsizing; and navigating end-of-life issues. The first book to provide stories from the perspective of both caregiver and caree, it enables caregivers to better understand their fears and feelings. The result is a positive, unified approach to care.
About the Authors:
Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse is the founding Chairperson of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and founder of Onsite Workshops. She has written 19 books translated into 13 languages, and broke ground and fostered a movement with her works, Another Chance: Hope and Health for the Alcoholic Family and Learning to Love Yourself. Sharon has traveled the world and developed programs in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada, and has appeared on The Phil Donahue Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Larry King Show, as well as in multiple media events.
Patrick Egan is a caregiving "gentrepreneur" and the caregiver for his parents who live in a senior community nearby. He is the founder of NurturingNet, a company that helps others use technology in a way that enhances and adds fun to the caregiver experience. A former VP of Human Resources for the Global HealthCare Exchange that was created by industry-leading health care firms including Medtronic, GE, Johnson and Johnson, Abbott and Baxter International. He holds a BA in Communications from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Management from the College of St. Thomas.
Caregiving: Hope and Health for Caregiving Families
By Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse with Patrick Egan
ISBN: 9780757321931 – May 2019
Available wherever books are sold.
Possible Interview Questions:
-Who needs to be considered in families when caretaking begins to happen?
-Why does technology matter in a book about caregiving?
-Why should agencies, corporations, funding sources and actual caregivers work together?
-Is there any way out of the "caregiving crisis?”
Praise for Caregiving:
Dr. Pater Alsop, PhD, CET, lecturer, humorist, songwriter, parent: "The opposite of love, is not hate... it is fear. A visionary leader for more than 30 years, [Cruse] teaches caregivers how to set healthy boundaries so we need not fear losing ourselves in the process of caring for them… "
Claudia Black, PhD, author, addiction and family trauma specialist: "Sharon … finds the words to be a leader one more time, addressing a significant passage of life that we will all be facing—the need for caregiving or to be that caregiver, and often both."
Jerry Moe, MA, Natl. Dir. Children's Programs, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: "… A simple and concise guide that provides a common language about caregiving in an easy to understand way… [Cruse] offers a heartfelt road map to face daily challenges in a healthy, balanced fashion… a must read for all families."
Carol D. Sexton, MD, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: "[Sharon] guides us along the intensely vulnerable experience of giving and receiving care … [She] has led by her lifelong example of giving and receiving loving care… again gently lights the way to respectfully walking through the last steps of our journey with those we love."
Robert Moran, PhD, Professor Emeritus, author of Managing Cultural Differences: " … In each chapter of her new book, [Sharon] has stories as well as skills and perspectives that might assist all of us become better givers and receivers of caring."
Patrick Egan Sharon Wescheider-Cruse
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