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Wisdom from Those in Care: Conversations, Insights and Inspiration (Mar. 12, 2018)
Wisdom from Those in Care shares personal stories told by those who have been or are now being cared for. Some have been diagnosed with non-curable illnesses. Others have become debilitated. Many have left their old worlds of interaction and sociability. Sharing their stories, they are saying, "Listen to me, I have something to share." New conversations between the caregiver and those in their care offer a never expected enrichment. As a companion to The Gifts of Caregiving: Stories of Hardship, Hope and Healing, Second Edition, each chapter ends with the author’s thoughts and discussion questions to encourage readers to explore more deeply their thoughts and feelings about similar situations.
The Gifts of Caregiving: Stories of Hardship, Hope and Healing, Second Edition (Mar. 12, 2018)
The Gifts of Caregiving shares the personal stories of those who have accepted the responsibility of primary caregiver. Those they are caring for may have had a life-changing diagnosis or now need assistance with daily activities. Their stories speak of changes, challenges and often sacrifice, but more importantly, the gifts of insight, inspiration and healing they received from the caregiving commitment to their family. In this second edition, a companion to Wisdom from Those in Care: Conversations, Insights and Inspiration, each chapter ends with the author’s thoughts and discussion questions to encourage readers to explore more deeply their thoughts and feelings about similar situations.
Tending the Earth, Mending the Spirit:
The Healing Gifts of Gardening (Oct. 10, 2012)
In this wonderfully inspirational book, authors Connie Goldman and Richard Mahler reveal the healing power and abundant health-giving energy a relationship with nature, through gardening, can produce. Share the thoughts and feeling of those who love gardens in extraordinary interviews with gardeners of all stripes-urban and country; young adult, middle-aged, and elderly; male and female.
Who Am I … Now That I’m Not Who I Was? - Conversations with women in mid-life and the years beyond (Sept. 15, 2009)
Americans seem to have an appetite for staying young. Many take on the challenge to avoid, delay, or mask the changes that accompany their aging. Million have almost an insatiable hunger to remain unwrinkled, thin, and youthful – to resist, delay, deny, outwit or camouflage that dreaded enemy, aging.
This book shares conversations with women between the ages of 50 and 80 that tell their personal stories – their reflections on dealing with the changes and challenges that have come into their lives. The specific of each woman’s life may be far different from yours, yet there is much to be learned from their experiences. Each story is an example of how we might welcome our own aging by not just growing old, but happily growing whole.
Secrets of Becoming a Late Bloomer
- Staying Creative, Involved, and Aware in Mid-life and Beyond (Aug. 14, 2007)
Extraordinary, ordinary people talk with Connie on the art of staying creative, alive and aware in midlife and beyond. This book is full of inspirational tales from older individuals on overcoming limitations, accepting new challenges, examining values, and contemplating the meaning of life along with strategies to bring about the late bloomer in each of us.
Late Life Love: Romance and New Relationships in Later Years (Sept. 1, 2006)
A new book presents older adults who have re-mated and reinvented themselves in the process.
The conversations with twenty-two couples interviewed in Late-Life Love: Romance and New Relationships in Later Years offer a glimpse of what seems to be a fast-growing reality: the re-mating of older individuals who are creating their own personal ways of growing a unique relationship together and sharing a late-life love.
What do these seemingly diverse couples have in common? They’re all in their 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s. They are part of a fast growing demographic of widows, widowers, and older divorced adults who are taking new partners in their later years. And they all share their stories of love, companionship, and intimacy in the new book Late-Life Love: Romance and New Relationships in Later Years
Late-life love comes with leftovers from our other lives—grandchildren, health concerns, previous living situations, sexual expectations, financial discrepancies, divorce, caregiving experiences, recent grief and loss as well as adult children that may or may not approve of their parent taking a new partner. Yet, each couple confirms the reality that, in the winter of our lives, we can still find summer.
The Ageless Spirit:
Reflections on Living Life to the Fullest in Mid-life and the Years Beyond (Sept. 20, 2004)
The private thoughts of public figures are a mirror for our own experience of what it means to grow old, to live life to the fullest and discover our own ageless spirit. Those who share their insights and wisdom in this newly revised book include Willie Nelson, Phyllis Diller, Walter Mondale, Kitty Carlisle Hart, and the late Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, May Sarton, and Jason Robards.
The Gifts of Caregiving: Stories of Hardship, Hope and Healing (Aug. 14, 2002)
More than 30 family caregivers---some well-known, some not so well-known---share their stories of caring for an ill, disabled, or aging loved one. All of these remarkable people cope with adversity in ways that leave us wondering: "Could I measure up to the challenge?" Most importantly, each of their stories reveals how the hardships of caregiving can be turned into a journey of hope and self-discovery. Includes interviews with Dana Reeve (wife of actor Christopher Reeve), former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel, and others whose lives were changed forever by the caregiving experience.