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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (82 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Sheehy Narrator: Gail Sheehy Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“I didn’t expect this.”

No one really expects it, but at some time or another, just about everyone has been—or will be—responsible for giving care, for a sustained period, to someone close to them. Gail Sheehy, who has chronicled every major turning point for twentieth-century Americans, as well as reported on everything from politics to sexuality, knows firsthand the trials, fears, and rare joys of caregiving. In Passages in Caregiving, she takes you by the hand and shows you that you will get through this, and you will do the right things.

Sheehy identifies eight crucial stages of caregiving and offers insight for successfully navigating each one. With empathy and intelligence, backed by formidable research, and interspersed with poignant stories of her experience and that of other successful caregivers, Passages in Caregiving addresses the needs of this enormous and growing group. It is sure to become the touchstone for this challenging yet deeply rewarding period in your life journey.

Providing invaluable advice and guidance, this book examines the arc of caregiving from the first signs of trouble. Sheehy answers the most important questions to consider: How serious is it? What do I ask the doctor? How will this be paid for? What are our options? At the same time she offers new tips and strategies that you won’t find anywhere else.

Most important, however, Passages in Caregiving points out that you don’t have to be alone in this process. Included are countless resources and names of advocacy groups that are there to help even the most complicated of situations, many of which are woefully underutilized. With Gail Sheehy as your guide, Passages in Caregiving is sure to help turn a stressful, life-altering situation into a journey that can be safely navigated and from which everyone can benefit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Trust me, there is no better guide to caregiving.”

    Bill Moyers

  • “As a longtime champion for family caregivers, I am delighted that Gail Sheehy has brought this passage vividly to life from her own long experience and that of many others’. This is one of those rare books that can drastically lighten even the heaviest of loads.”

    Rosalynn Carter, president of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

  • “Sheehy offers an empathetic, well-researched guide to an unfamiliar, often scary role to which boomers are being initiated…Sheehy achieves her goal ably, providing a steady beacon during a time of great sadness and overwhelming responsibility.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Supportive and reassuring, Sheehy provides encouraging and practical information for both patient and caregiver in one of the most comprehensive and trustworthy resources a family can ask for when facing one of life’s most disheartening challenges.”


  • “In this insightful book that combines a moving firsthand account of her own journey and valuable strategies for navigating the labyrinth of care-giving, Gail Sheehy takes the mystery out of what can be a baffling, heart-rending experience. A must-read for anyone who gets the Call.”

    Hugh Delehanty, editor in chief of AARP Publications

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Frances | 2/6/2014

    " Great book! If you are dealing with late-state healthcare for a loved one this book is for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Myndwalk | 2/6/2014

    " If you have anything to do with caregiving for someone this book is a must. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Norapt505 | 1/13/2014

    " As a physical therapist and a director of rehabilitation, I have recommended this book to many of my families. I was a caregiver between the ages of 26 and 31 on top of having 2 children and then having my 3rd. I wish I had this book then! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barb | 1/10/2014

    " Highly recommend this book to anyone caring for another person or persons. "

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