Eleanor Silverberg’s book Keeping It Together Helps Family Caregivers

About Eleanor Silverberg - Keeping it Together

Keeping it Together - Eleanor SilverbergKeeping It Together: How to Cope as a Family Caregiver without Losing Your Sanity

by Eleanor Silverberg

The inspiration to write Keeping It Together: How to Cope as a Family Caregiver without Losing Your Sanity comes from the years I spent as a community outreach social worker in dementia care. It can go back even further to when I was providing care while witnessing my father’s decline, living his last four years with dementia. I observed then, having a strong grief background, that just as in my own experience, the family caregivers I was serving were grieving even though no one had physically died. Rather, they were grieving the loss of their family member to the illness.

The format of this book outlines three elements of a strength-enhancing regimen. Alongside responsible caregiving and self-care, the pivotal element of grief processing is what makes this book stand out. I observed that the grief that the caregivers experienced and the impact of it on their well-being and ability to provide care was being overlooked, disenfranchised, and buried under the care demands. To raise awareness and address the losses and grief, I developed the innovative 3-A Approach components of Acknowledge, Assess, Assist. The 3-A Approach was academically published, presented at workshops, is being taught to healthcare professionals as an intervention tool, and brought directly to the family caregiver, as featured in this book. It has been further developed since and is now referred to as the 3-A Coping Framework.

I introduce you in this guidebook to a new perspective for coping with the situational loss you face as a family caregiver. My intention was to offer a practical companion and guide in a cocoon-like manner so you may unmask any shame due to stigma or painful feelings. Like butterflies in their transformation who must break free from the cocoon by their own efforts so that they may fly, this book’s content provides you with refuge, insight, direction, and tools to tackle common but often unspoken challenges. It offers an opportunity to transform, to come out of the reading experience personally enriched with enhanced inner strength and ability to cope.

To help readers grasp the content, there are 12 K.I.T. (Keeping It Together) practice exercises that allow you to participate in a hands-on way throughout. So that you do not feel so alone and stigmatized in the experience, there are several potentially relatable accounts provided by various family caregivers. Here is what Joan, a devoted family caregiver for her husband wrote about the caregiver accounts and the exercises.

“The incorporation of the voices of actual caregivers throughout the book provided a point of connection and companionship for me. The K.I.T. exercises are a gentle invitation to claim the book’s content in light of my own challenging journey.”

You can work through this easy reading cocoon-in-the-form-of-a-book at your own pace and refer back as needed. A must-read if you do not want to lose yourself in the caregiving world or if you are losing yourself and need to find your way to move forward with more resilience to ‘keep it together’.

About the AuthorEleanor Silverberg

Eleanor Silverberg, founder of Jade Self Development Coaching, is a social worker, grief specialist, author, and speaker who helps individuals in her private practice to cope through adversity and loss. She specializes in assisting family caregivers of people living with dementia or other chronic illness, with the objective of empowering them to be able to self-monitor with self-awareness. Her innovative mode of practice involves combining existing grief strategies with conventional therapeutic methods. The combined methods are incorporated within the 3-A Coping Framework Eleanor developed, academically published and featured in her guide book for family caregivers Keeping It Together: How to Cope as a Family Caregiver without Losing Your Sanity. Eleanor also applied her extensive mindfulness training and practice to write Mindfulness Exercises for Dementia. This book is based on the modified version of mindfulness practice she created to accommodate people with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia so they might benefit from this popular practice. Eleanor holds a B.A. in Psychology, Master of Social Work, Certification in Bereavement Education, extensive training and practice in Mindfulness and over 20 years of Independent Study in the Field of Grief Studies.

Connect with Eleanor:
Website: www.eleanorsilverberg.com

The book is available here:
Amazon U.S.
Amazon Canada

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