The overwhelming narrative in the U.S. is that caregiving for older adults is a burden to bear and a problem to be solved. Positive Caregiving offers an alternative, positive perspective and provides an accessible, research-based path for people who want to make the most of the caregiving experience. By combining elements of positive psychology, mindfulness, reminiscence therapy, and lifestyle medicine into a practical methodology, Positive Caregiving aims to make caregiving and care receiving a time to savor.
At the heart of the book is an extensive list of simple activities, conversation-inspiring questions, and self-care practices designed to immerse caregivers and their care partners in gratitude, empathy, forgiveness, love, and awe. These five specific positive emotions are central to caregiving relationships and have been shown to improve health, help reduce stress, and create meaning in daily life.
There are many books available for caregivers trying to navigate day-to-day practicalities. This book focuses on the emotional journey and personal growth opportunities inherent in the caregiving experience, helping readers to embrace, celebrate, and honor this critical role in modern society. Publish date May 2023.
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What Caregivers Are Saying
“I have been a caregiver for four family members, all of whom had different health and aging issues. I wish I could go back now and use some of these exercises with my partners. I would write a mission statement, write more thank-you notes, look at the moon and the stars more often, and make a ‘what not to do’ list.”
- Chris H., Lincoln, NE
“Sarah Kanter invites caregivers to sample a large and varied assortment of shared activities, conversation starters, and other strategies to make their roles not only easier, but more enjoyable and rewarding for them and their care partners. In addition, the care partner’s other family members and friends will find this book a great resource for making their calls and visits both interesting and upbeat.”
- Jill D., Worthington, OH
“I truly wish I'd had access to this book when I was a remote caregiver for my Mom - it would have been a game-changer for both of us. I am confident this book will have a profound influence on any caregiver’s ability to be more focused on the positive aspects of their relationship and experience.”
- Sara W., Tucson, AZ
“If thriving as a caregiver seems like a puzzle to you, then Sarah’s Positive Caregiving approach is a step-by-step strategy to help you put the pieces together by encouraging self-awareness, providing transformative insights, and enhancing human connections.”
- Jenn C., San Jose, CA
“An important part of this book is encouraging the caregiver to take care of themselves, so they can offer care from a loving and generous heart-center. It is a beautiful marriage of science and compassion to help provide practical guidance to people during what can be a challenging time in their lives.”
- Nancy D., Austin, TX