When My Mother No Longer Knew My Name: A Son's 'Course' in 'Rational' Caregiving should be the first book families read to prepare themselves for caring for aging relatives. It's a one-man support group, written like a friend who's been-there-done-that, talking anecdotally, but authoritatively, to a friend who needs help. It is raw and gritty, as well as funny and inspiring--offering hope that one can overcome a mountain of seemingly insurmountable challenges, for which they likely feel devastatingly unprepared.Each brief, compelling, highly readable chapter tells how a son learned on-the-job to deal with different situations all caregivers face as his caregiving role evolved from nominal to 24/7. The book is packed with down-to-earth practical advice and tips to make caregiving manageable-even joyful. There's even a unique self-assessment guide so caregivers and potential caregivers can benchmark and enhance their ability to manage the often lonely, challenging, unpredictable, and overwhelming roles they may assume.
Stephen L. Goldstein is the author of several books, including the novel Atlas Drugged: Ayn Rand Be Damned!, as well as an op-ed columnist and radio and TV personality. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and may be reached at [email protected]
"Memoirists often offer the lessons of their lives for the benefit of others, but few combine autobiography and advice as seamlessly as Stephen Goldstein in When My Mother No Longer Knew My Name. Goldstein dedicated over ten years to caring for his mother at the end of her life. His book describes a journey that required both careful planning and constant flexibility. Along with detailing his own day-to-day experiences caring for his mother at home, Goldstein offers ideas for others to consider when the time comes for them to take care of members of their own families. Working as a trends analyst, radio personality, and TV talk show host for years has made Goldstein a master communicator. In his newspaper columns he lucidly observes the defects in America's health-care system and offers solutions at the political level. With this book, he retains the same journalistic clarity but makes it personal by inviting readers into his home and into the reality of caring for a parent with dementia." -- Foreword Magazine