Run, Walk, Crawl- A Caregiver Caught Between Generations is gaining attention and accolades from readers, reviewers and experts alike. Touching upon modern day issues, this highly relevant memoir was named:
- National Indie Excellence(R) Award (NIEA) Winner for Caregiving
- National Indie Excellence(R) Award (NIEA) Finalist, Book Cover Design (Non-Fiction)
- Winner in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Award (NGIBA) - Christian
- Silver Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) - Non-Fiction Cover Design
- American Book Fest's 2020 Best Book Award Finalist in Christian Inspirational and Women's Issues
Why would a woman, at the height of her career- leave?
The workplace can serve as both a buffer zone and field of landmines for someone in a family caregiver's state of mind. In Run, Walk, Crawl- A Caregiver Caught Between Generations, Sarahbeth Persiani provides a deeply personal account of what it's like to live the pressure-cooker lifestyle of working full-time while caring for her family, an elderly parent, and least of all, herself.
Readers trek alongside Sarahbeth during her caregiving years, catching a glimpse into modern day issues of hoarding, opioid addiction, dementia, women's health, and sibling differences, all while navigating the healthcare system and todays multi-generational workforce.
By no means prescriptive, but with honesty, humility and a smattering of 1970's throwback references, this story offers relatable insights into one woman's transformation with lessons for us all.
About the Author
Sarahbeth Persiani is the founder of We Are Sharing the Sun, a consultancy supporting the over 40 million Americans currently providing informal care to a family member. We Are Sharing the Sun helps companies address the demands of the modern caregiver-cum-employee, who has both children and aging parents to attend to. Sarahbeth has held senior managerial roles in the field of corporate learning, development and professional education in both traditional and corporate universities. A board member of the Elder Services of Worcester and the Millbury Council on Aging, Sarahbeth is active at a number of other community organizations including the Human Resources of Central Massachusetts Diversity Council, Dementia Friends and her church, Emanuel Lutheran in Worcester, MA. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities & Social Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She lives with her family in the Worcester county area of central Massachusetts and they spend as much time as possible at their cottage on Cape Cod.
"In this book childhood memories combine with family histories to create a moving tapestry of a loving family fiercely dedicated to the well-being of a member, even when things are seemingly at their worst . . .
Readers navigating a similar "onslaught of family responsibility" may feel less alone after reading this book--and have a better understanding of what works and what doesn't. A brave, soul-searching first-hand account of the risks and rewards of caregiving."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"In Run, Walk, Crawl, Sarahbeth Persiani shares the 24/7 perspective on the days and nights of a daughter, mother, sister, wife and employee. The impact of Sarahbeth's personal caregiving experience on her career is as heart-breaking as her personal losses. Her memoir is a poignant reminder to everyone that our co-workers often show up to work weary from their other job--caring for a family member. You'll feel as if Sarahbeth is a close friend bearing her soul to you as you read her gripping and honest account. Highly recommended."
-- Denise M. Brown, founder of CareGiving.com
"A must read for any human resource professional--or any people manager for that matter--who seeks to understand the pressures on and perspective of the millions of working caregivers whose workdays stretch around the clock. Sarahbeth Persiani's personal story eloquently illustrates the non-stop pressures on working caregivers that can lead to collisions between work and life."
-- Joyce Maroney, Executive Director, Workforce Institute at Kronos