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Danell Haspel: Local library has many resources for family caregivers

November is National Family Caregivers Month.

“According to estimates from the National Alliance for Caregiving, during the past year, 65.7 million Americans (or 29 percent of the U.S. adult population involving 31 percent of all U.S. households) served as family caregivers for an ill or disabled relative.”(American Psychological Association)

With the aging of baby boomers these stats are due to increase.  If you find yourself in a caregiver role, your library is here to support you with library items such as those below.

“The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices for Those Who Can’t,” by Viki Kind. 

Wouldn’t it be a relief to know you are making the right decisions and doing right by the person in your care?

Whether you have a loved one who can’t make his or her own decisions or you are a healthcare professional, you know how difficult ­— even heartbreaking — it can be to make decisions for others.

Feeling confident that you’re made the right decision would be a welcome relief from the worry and guilt you may be feeling.

“Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence,” by Gail Sheehy.

Gail Sheehy, author of the groundbreaking “Passages” — which was a New York Times bestseller for more than three years —now brings us “Passages in Caregiving.”

In this essential guide, the acclaimed expert on the now aging Baby Boomer generation outlines nine crucial steps for effective, successful family caregiving, turning chaos into confidence during this most crucial of life stages.

Library happenings

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19: Library Book Club, 3 p.m. Call the library for the title of this month’s discussion book.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19: Christian Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Discuss “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanna Weaver.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19: Professor Steve Hoffbeck — The Kennedy Assassination, 7 p.m. Join us for a delightfulJoin us at the Library as MSUM History Professor Steve Hoffbeck talks about the Kennedy Assassination and how it changed us.  A panel discussion will follow Professor Hoffbeck’s presentation. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: Act It Out for Kids, 3:45 p.m. Activities and lots of fun so you can be an actor - led by Nikki Caulfield. There will be snacks and door prizes.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 23: Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Join us Thursdays and Saturdays for preschool storytime! Includes theme related stories, fingerplays and a simple craft.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the website at