What to Do About Mama?

What to Do About Mama?
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Expectations and Realities of Caregiving

Everyone is a potential caregiver—sometimes caring for multiple generations of family members at once. This is a role many of us are ill-prepared for, and can overwhelm us Where do we turn for advice and assistance? What to Do about Mama? offers guidance to present and future caregivers—based on the pragmatic and emotional “real-life” experiences of the co-authors and other caregivers who have openly and honestly shared their challenges, their heartaches, and their joys in caregiving. It isn't a book by "experts," but by regular people in the trenches—people like you. It will help you develop realistic goals, expectations, and strategies to keep your sanity through all the trials and tribulations of caregiving. A new chapter added to this second edition, “The Aftermath of Caregiving,” examines ideas for how to meet the future caregiving needs of those in our care, while lightening avoidable burdens. Your experiences may be similar to or different from those of the caregivers featured here, but their stories are likely to resonate with anyone who has cared for a loved one—or will in the future.


For nearly five years, Barbara G. Matthews served as an Assessor/Care Manager for the Area Agency on Aging of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Her main responsibility was to visit seniors in their homes to administer a comprehensive assessment that determined their needs and eligibility for services. Matthews then “retired” to become a full-time caregiver when her mother-in-law moved into her home, an experience that motivated her to write this book. Since her caregiving role ended, Barbara has written two additional books—her memoir and a family cookbook. Both projects were influenced by her caregiving experience. A mother of three and a grandmother of nine, Barbara lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband of forty-nine years.

Barbara Trainin Blank is an independent writer and editor now based in Maryland. A writer for newspapers, magazines, reports and websites—in areas as diverse as the arts, health and medicine, religion, and social trends—she has contributed to Health, the Montgomery Sentinel, culturespotMC.com, Emergency MedicineHadassahBusiness Woman, the ForwardJewish Telegraphic AgencyNew Social Worker, and the Carlisle Sentinel, among others. In addition to What to Do about Mama?, she published Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess, also for Sunbury Press, and contributed to two mental-health anthologies. Married with two children and two grandchildren, she has written several plays, some of which have received staged readings or productions.

by Barbara Matthews & Barbara Trainin-Blank
Trade paperback - 6 x 9 x 1
346 Pages
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Life Stages / Later Years
SELF-HELP / Aging 
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