ON SALE OCTOBER 13, 2020
Paperback | $16.95
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches | 230 pages
Caring for a parent, spouse, or relative who cannot care for themselves due to age, infirmity, or illness is one of the noblest human activities. It’s also one of the most stressful, posing challenges that can be painful, confusing, frustrating, and deeply rewarding—sometimes all at once. When Caregiving Calls is an invitation to a deep conversation about caregiving and its meaning for you.
Aaron Blight has lived the caregiving experience many ways—as a family caregiver for a mother-in-law struggling with brain cancer as it stole her mental clarity and ultimately her life; as the owner of a home care company that supported thousands of families living their own versions of the same journey; and as a researcher, lecturer, and consultant traveling the world to learn from family caregivers and their professional helpers.
Now he shares his insights in eighteen brief, thoughtful chapters that examine the many facets of caregiving. He explores how caregiving reshapes family relationships, challenges comfortable assumptions, and stresses your ability to manage your time, energy, and emotions. He shows how the changing mental and physical state of a loved one can lead to growing vulnerability, need, and loneliness on the part of care receiver and caregiver alike. He shares stories—poignant, funny, and often inspiring—that vividly capture the unique daily realities of the caregiving life. And he offers candid, practical advice that can help family caregivers do a better job of coping with the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual challenges they face.
“This book is an important road map from one who has journeyed as both a family caregiver and a professional caregiver. His guidance can help others have the best chance to survive and maybe even thrive while carrying the burden of caregiving.”—Martin J. Schreiber, former Governor of Wisconsin and author of My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Aaron Blight, Ed.D., is a speaker and consultant on caregiving, aging, and health care. He is the founder of Caregiving Kinetics, a firm that offers caregiving consulting throughout the world, and has been recognized as a Top 100 Healthcare Leader by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare.
Aaron holds a doctorate degree from The George Washington University and serves as an adjunct professor at Shenandoah University.
Aaron’s passion for supporting caregivers is rooted in his personal experience as a family caregiver; his professional background as the owner of a large home-care company and as a leader at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and his study of caregiving as a phenomenon of social science.
In workshops, conference talks, and discussions with caregiver support groups, he invites participants to think deeply about the meaning of their individual caregiving experiences. To learn more, visit his website at www.caregivingkinetics.com.