Swarthmore Psychologists Publish “Meditations for Caregivers”

Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD

Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD

Julia L. Mayer, PsyD

Julia L. Mayer, PsyD

Swarthmore residents Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD and Julia L. Mayer, PsyD are authors of the forthcoming book AARP Meditations for Caregivers, which will be published this month by DaCapo Press.

In decades of counseling patients — she with Passages Counseling Center in Media and he at Crozer-Keystone Center for Family Health in Springfield — each has developed special appreciation for the needs of caregivers with significant and complex responsibilities for family members and friends.

The husband and wife co-authors wrote the book to provide caregivers with a source of wisdom, strength and consolation for the often unscripted and underappreciated work they do, Jacobs says. “Despite media focus on their stresses and burdens, family caregivers experience gains as well as strains. For most, caregiving is a positive experience which brings personal growth and deepened relationships. This book is intended to share and interpret examples that can inspire and comfort caregivers, minimizing the strains by maximizing the gains.”

The book is organized along 28 themes, from “Accept Your Feelings” to “Trust Your Instincts,” exploring issues like guilt, forgiveness, joy and happiness, grief, and rewards of caregiving.

Stories from real-life families introduce most of the 152 meditations, with commentary and insights from the authors intended to help readers find solutions to challenges and circumstances they face.

More information on AARP Meditations for Caregivers is at dacapopress.com.

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