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A Caregiver’s Connection Review By Harriet Hodgson

  Whether you’re a new or established family caregiver, you will benefit from Mary Jane Cronin’s guidebook, A Caregiver’s Connection. Cronin, who is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, helps you examine key caregiving issues: caregiving as an art, writing about your journey, sharing stories, exploring feelings, personal health, and caregiving resources. 

Each chapter begins with facts and, using a variety of participation pages, Cronin helps you create a picture of your caregiving. Participation pages include experiential writing, letter writing, circling words, list-making, finish the sentences, answering questions, and more. The 8 ½” by 11” size of the 94-page book fosters participation. Along the way, you will learn a lot about yourself, the caregiving challenges you face, and how to meet these challenges.

While kindness and caring are underlying themes of Cronin’s book, her “you can do it approach” is also a theme. With Cronin’s insight and help, you CAN do it, and become a more skillful caregiver. As she writes, “Holding someone’s hand, pulling the chair closer to the bed, putting everything else aside—that’s the heart of being a caregiver for someone you love.”   

Harriet Hodgson

author of The Family Caregiver’s Guide and Affirmations for Family Caregivers, published by WriteLife and slated for fall 2015 release.

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