I encouraged my readers to attend the recent Dallas Area Gerontological Society’s forum on ‘Having “the” Conversation’. My October Caregiver eLetter is about the book Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande. I imagine that people are beginning to think I am focused on death and dying.
Last summer one of my clients introduced me to a book called “Can’t We talk about something more Pleasant?” by the New York Times cartoonist Roz Chast. It is about exactly that; surely we can discuss something else…? I recommend this book for caregivers who are dealing with care receivers who have every imaginable excuse for not having directives for health care. The book is a series of cartoons, some of which are quite funny. The book goes deeper than promoting directives. It pokes fun at excuses for not going to the doctor, at the craziness of living with a person with dementia, hiring home assistance, and searching for assisted living.
Humor is often the best medicine. Laughter is healthy and therapeutic, and laughing about a stressful subject such as caregiving, makes it a little less threatening. This is a book to read and share with others. I hope it lightens your burden and gives you many smiles.