New Book, ‘Strength for the Moment,’ Shares Inspiration and Advice for Family Caregivers Who Watch Over Senior Loved Ones

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A new resource for family caregivers is now available, offering suggestions and help for those who care for seniors and individuals with special needs. “Strength for the Moment,’’ written by Lori Hogan, has arrived at an appropriate time as the United States’ massive baby boomer population begins to march into retirement. Family caregivers represent no small sliver of Americans; of the nation’s 315 million people, AARP estimates that 65.7 million are caregivers. Quoting former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Hogan points out that: “There are only four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.”

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Strength for the Moment details caregiver stories that are designed to lift the spirits of those who are in similar situations.

“The 52 stories in this book touch on all aspects of caregiving, and it is my hope that these very personal stories along with accompanying devotionals will inspire other caregivers and give them hope and strength.

Family caregivers who are devoted to caring for their seniors often can feel as if they’re on an isolated island – physically and emotionally – especially if they are responsible for loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

Author Lori Hogan, co-founder of the Home Instead Senior Care® network and a senior care advocate, has come alongside those caregivers with her new book, Strength for the Moment, which details caregiver stories that are designed to lift the spirits of those who are in similar situations. A former Miss Nebraska USA, she is the mother of four and a mentor to hundreds of family and professional caregivers.

Strength for the Moment, a devotional guide with 52 real-life caregiving stories published by Image, went on sale March 27. The book is supported by a website of the same name that includes resources for caregivers and encourages them to submit their own stories as well as posts of Bible verses. Caregivers also can share their prayer requests at the Strength for the Moment Prayer Group page on Facebook. Proceeds from the book will go to the private Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, which funds nonprofit organizations that help seniors through endeavors such as research and development, and advocacy.

Hogan is not writing for a narrow audience. AARP estimates that there are 65.7 million caregivers in America today – almost one-third of the adult U.S. population. The Alzheimer’s Association also recently reported that 14.9 million Americans are unpaid caregivers for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease.

“Strength for the Moment is a collection of caregiving stories contributed from my friends, colleagues and other important people in my life,’’ said Hogan, who co-founded the Home Instead Senior Care network, the world’s largest provider of non-medical, in-home care for seniors, in 1994 with her husband Paul after his family was challenged with the care of his grandmother.

“The 52 stories in this book touch on all aspects of caregiving, and it is my hope that these very personal stories along with accompanying devotionals will inspire other caregivers and give them hope and strength. In Strength for the Moment, contributors share their emotions that they experienced and God lessons that they learned while caring for their aging and special needs loved ones. Their stories will make you laugh, cry, and wonder how you would respond in a similar situation.’’

Hogan, whose caregiving experience began early as she grew up with a brother who had special needs, points out that the role of the family caregiver can be rewarding, but being a caregiver also can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Caregivers often feel overwhelmed by their work and the demands of those receiving their care, and those demands touch every aspect of their lives.

“Strength for the Moment responds to the needs of these special people who give of themselves to help their loved ones maintain quality of life in the home,’’ she said. “Combining inspiring stories, prayer and Scripture, and practical advice, I believe the book provides much needed encouragement, emotional nourishment and affirmation.’’

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