Strength for the Moment

Caregiving can be rewarding, but it’s also a responsibility that comes with high stress, and family strain, according to author Lori Hogan, whose new book, Strength for the Moment, celebrates, encourages and offers support to caregivers as they give of themselves to provide compassionate care for their loved ones.

Strength for the Moment

In the U.S. today, more than 70 million Americans, nearly one-third of the adult population, provide care for their elderly parents or relatives. Caregiving can be rewarding, but it’s also a responsibility that comes with high stress, and family strain, according to author Lori Hogan, whose new book, Strength for the Moment (IMAGE/Random House), celebrates, encourages and offers support to caregivers as they give of themselves to provide compassionate care for their loved ones. Lori Hogan writes from personal experience as co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s premiere home care company. Faith is such an important factor in how we care for our aging parents and loved ones,” says Hogan. “Faith provides hope and encouragement for the caregiver’s soul.” In fact, a new Marist Poll survey conducted for Home Instead on the subject of aging in America, found that those for whom faith is a dominant part of life view their lives far more positively than those for whom it is not. This data is part of a GOLD Indicator (Gauging Overall Life Dimensions), the first of an annual survey to assess how Americans view their lives based on 10 indicators of satisfaction.

The study, titled “Generation to Generation: Gauging the Golden Years,” found that Americans who practice faith rated their quality of life better across all ten life dimensions studied – family, neighborhood safety, housing situation, spiritual life, health, friends, work or how days are spent, free time, finances and community involvement.

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Strength for the Moment is a first of its kind book dedicated to providing inspiration to caregivers. The book’s 52 uplifting stories explore the wide range of emotions caregivers experience and provide support and encouragement through prayers, scripture verses and practical advice. Lori’s caregiving experience began with a brother, who had special needs. She raised four children and also cared for her grandparents. She realized that the simple act of caring for a loved one had amazing power that could heal broken relationships, restore self-confidence and clarify life priorities. She also realized that being a caregiver is often physically and emotionally exhausting.

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