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Inspired Caregiving. Weekly Morale Builders

Begin anew. Breathe. Ask for help. Care for yourself. Laugh. Have courage. Forgive. Simplify. Sleep. Think positively. Drink water. Listen to music. Smile. Enjoy nature. Embrace the present. Celebrate.

Caregivers devote their days to caring for the ones they love leaving little for themselves. In her book, Inspired Caregiving, author Mary K. Doyle offers weekly morale boosters for caregivers to help them care for themselves while caring for others. The 52 brief messages in this book offer manageable doses of encouragement and suggestions throughout the year. Read one chapter at a time or spread a chapter out over a week by reading one section at a time or per day.

Each weekly reflection in this stunning gift book follows a rotation that includes an inspirational photo, prayer, thought, activity, stretch, affirmation, quote, and bit of humor to offer guidance, encouragement, improved self-talk, and maybe a smile. Because the weekly chapters are not dated, you can start at the beginning of the book and read through one chapter a week.

Mary K. Doyle writes from experience having cared for her husband, Marshall Brodien, for over ten years at home after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and then another five while he was in an extended-care facility. She is the author of eleven books, including the award-winning Navigating Alzheimer’s: 12 Truths about Caring for Your Loved One and The Alzheimer’s Spouse: Finding the Grace to Keep the Promise and speaks regularly around the country on “finding the grace” to be the primary caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s.