The Mindful Caregiver is a book that should be “required reading” for caregivers.
Nancy Kriseman tells this story from the prospective of having been a caregiver herself
as well as her years of helping other caregivers. The mortality rate of the so called
“well spouse” is unacceptably high; the high depression rate among caregivers also
points to how caregivers often overlook their own needs. Nancy’s book offers
excellent examples of how to be a mindful caregiver so that diseases, especially
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, do not have two victims: the person with the disease
and the caregiver.
Joyce Simard, MSW, Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Western Sydney, Australia Geriatric Consultant; Professional Speaker; Author
Nancy Kriseman's book is full of pragmatic and helpful tools for making caregiving easier, but really, her book is about a new way of being a caregiver. Sharing personal and professional stories, she skillfully describes a more intentional path, one that helps caregivers stay resilient and healthy, not with a pill but with self-awareness. Bravo!
Pauline Boss, PhD,
Author of Ambiguous Loss and Loving Someone Who Has Dementia
A gifted writer mindfully melds personal and professional know-how to encourage and inspire family caregivers. Kriseman’s pro-active, positive words honor the spirit of family care relationships while simultaneously acknowledging the losses in providing such intimate care. Her step-by-step guidance will preserve family caregiver strengths. Readers will immediately identify with the poignant well-placed family caregiver quotes from recognition of a problem through end-of-life care. If this was a medication, doctors would be prescribing it to every well-intentioned but understandably overwhelmed family caregiver.
Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW, LCSW; Co-author of The Alzheimer’s Action Plan
Director, Duke Center For Aging Family Support Program, Durham, NC
This pioneer book reflects Nancy Kriseman’s years of experience, breakthrough insights, and cutting-edge knowledge. It is a true gift to caregivers.
Mary Erlanger, PhD, Geriatric Counselor/Professor
Nancy Kriseman has done a masterful job of applying the cutting edge mental health concept of mindfulness to the emerging public health crisis of caregiver burden. This book combines Nancy’s unique perspective based on years of intimate work with her clients and her personal experience as a caregiver for her own beloved mother with Alzheimer ’s disease. This book is an essential read for caregivers of the elderly and infirm as well as the professionals who accompany them on this journey.
Bruce E. Rudisch, MD, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Teaching Faculty, Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute
The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey is an inspirational book that speaks to the spirit, heart, mind, body and soul of both caregivers and their “care recipients.” Creative, well researched, based on years of personal and professional experience and loaded with solid practical tips, meaningful anecdotes and humorous perspectives, Kriseman’s book has a positive, upbeat tone that addresses the benefits as well as the burdens, the pleasures as well as the pitfalls, inherent in the caregiving role. A must read for every caregiver.
Helen W. Coale, LCSW, LMFT, Atlanta, Georgia
Nancy Kriseman's book is unique and powerful. The Mindful Caregiver offers both personal insights and professional experience on every page. Nancy has been a hands on family caregiver herself for many years, as well as professionally guiding and counseling family caregivers through many challenges in their personal caregiving. Her advice, and the stories she shares, offers a voice that every caregiver can relate to and benefit from reading.
Connie Goldman, Author of Hardship Into Hope: The Rewards of Caregiving
The Mindful Caregiver
Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey