Keeping It Together
How to Cope as a Family Caregiver
without Losing Your Sanity
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Providing a strength enhancing coping regimen that addresses the common and often unspoken challenges
A cocoon in the form of a book allowing for transformation to occur at the reader's pace - self-help at its best
Offering exercises that make it a hands-on experience in applying the book's content
A must-read for family caregivers who want to help themselves in enhancing their inner emotional resiliency and personal growth. Keeping It Together (K.I.T) offers so much to help individuals cope and prevent burnout while providing support and care for aging parents, disabled relatives and family members with chronic illness. You are provided with a regimen to juggle that includes "A" tips for caregiving at your best while maintaining the discipline of self-care. It stands out by recognizing the losses and grief involved while caregiving, helping you to process the losses and grief using the 3-A Coping Framework #AcknowledgeAssessAssist. By doing so, you are equipped and empowered to tackle the challenges that family caregiving can bring. There are 12 K.I.T. practice exercises that make this a hands-on book, serving to help guide you through the tips and strategies for juggling the coping regimen. By engaging in the content, you have a self-help companion, guide and coach at your fingertips - a cocoon in the form of a book.
Keeping It Together introduces you to a new language and new perspective for coping NOT with the "symptoms" but rather the reactions to circumstances of adversity and situational loss that family caregivers face.
Situational Loss is the loss of a person, thing or quality resulting from alteration of a life situation involving changes related to illness, body image, environment and death.
Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th Ed. (2009)
Acknowledge, Assess, Assist are the action words of Silverberg's 3-A Coping Framework highlighted throughout the book used to help you navigate, self-monitor with self-awareness for self-care to address the adversity and situational losses involved with caregiving.
Burnout Prevention at its Best!
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“Keeping It Together” is helping me to ‘keep it together’! As full time, caregiver for my husband who is living with dementia, I find Eleanor Silverberg’s practical wisdom and encouragement in the pages of her book a desired and welcome support. The incorporation of the “voices” of actual caregivers throughout the book provided a point of connection and companionship for me. The “KIT” exercises are a gentle invitation to claim the book’s content in light of my own challenging journey.
--- Joan, a devoted caregiver for her spouse
"Keeping It Together: How to Cope as a Family Caregiver Without Losing Your Sanity" is a source of hope. Eleanor Silverberg's three-step program, acknowledge, assess, assist, is insightful and workable. The caregiver role is one that contains grief, according to Silverberg, and she makes this point clearly. She urges beginning and experienced caregivers like me to practice self-care. Her book is well organized, easy to read, contains helpful exercises, and a topical reference list. Keeping It Together is a family caregiver's lifeline--strength for the present, hope for the future."
--- Harriet Hodgson's Amazon.com Review
Caregiver and Author of The Grandma Force