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Published:March 2nd, 2011 10:32 EST
New Book Steps Up to Help Caregivers

New Book Steps Up to Help Caregivers

By Ernest Dempsey

PB`s Press announces publication of What Can I Do? A Guide for Family and Friends of Caregivers. The new book by Patricia Bethune and Barbara Sweeney focuses attention on a different and powerful group in the burgeoning field of caregiving: the friends and family members of those who provide crucial care for ill, injured, or elderly loved ones. 


According to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, one in five Americans will become caregiver this year and will serve up more than $350 billion in unpaid services. What Can I Do? shows friends and family of caregivers how to help this selfless, and often beleaguered, group keep their lives on track, their finances in order, their health from slipping and their spirits up while caring for others. Chapters on organization, communication, humor and grief are written with warmth in layman`s terms and peppered with real-life examples. 


"Once you go through the caregiving process yourself, you have a bulk of information you may never use again, but that may be useful to others," says Bethune. 


"There develops a secret code, a language, between caregivers. Barbara and I speak that language." She and Sweeney share what they learned the hard way. With regard to other current caregiving books, Bethune continues, "Much of what`s out there is well-intended, but hard to apply to the fast-paced changes in a caregiver`s life. In the trenches you need the bottom line. This book is your bottom line." 


What Can I Do? is a user-friendly guide on how to tailor a support system for the caregivers we can`t live without. It is available in paperback now at and on


About the Authors


Patricia Bethune is an actress (Mad Men, Trueblood), writer, experienced caregiver, and caregiver advocate. She is the spokesperson for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI), which shares evidence-based caregiving knowledge and practices to caregiving agencies and organizations across the country. Bethune produced a public service announcement for the RCI to bring attention to the needs of caregivers. The Patricia Bethune Caring for Caregivers Facebook page invites people to share insights on how they help their friends and family members who are caregivers.


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Writer and caregiver advocate Barbara Sweeney is an award-winning commercial copywriter, published poet and author of Turning the Planets Around, a memoir documenting her ongoing journey as caregiver to her paraplegic friend.