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P eople WSP author offers advice, encouragement to caregivers

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Mary Diedrick Hansen Staff Writer

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f you’ve ever found yourself physically or emotionally exhausted from caring for a loved one, you’ll be able to relate to and gain useful advice from West St. Paul author Cynthia Orange’s latest book “Take Good Care: Finding your Joy in Compassionate Caregiving.” In the book she analyzes the subtle dif-

ference between caretaking and caregiving. Her goal in writing it was to help caregivers of all ages and all circumstances learn about the importance of caring for themselves as they care for others. The book is filled with real-life stories of people going through the challenges that confront most caregivers. Orange collected these stories through interviews and questionnaires distrib-

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Cynthia Orange uted to caregivers, care recipients and professional counselors who help individuals and families dealing with caregiving issues. “People were so generous to take the time to share

stories,” said Orange. “Their words and stories bring my words to life.” Orange is a writer and developmental editor, who since the mid-’80s has authored five booklets for Ha-

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zelden Addiction Treatment Center. She co-authored the best-selling meditation book “Today’s Gift,” and “Shock Waves,” a guide for caring for someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her latest book was another assignment from Hazelden. “The book invites us to examine our behavior and feelings,” said Orange. “Like, when do I ask for help? It’s not easy to do in our culture of self-sufficiency and independence. In the United States, we want to go it alone. We are raised to believe we are superwoman or superman.” This can be especially challenging when dealing

with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. “Sometimes you have to move back and forth between caretaker and caregiver several times a day. The transition from caregiving to caretaking is different for everyone,” said Orange. “The goal is selfawareness. When are you doing too much, for too many, too often? What is the motivation behind the care? Where do you fall in the circle of support?” Orange will share tips from the book at 6:30 p.m., Tues., April 11 at the Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave. E., West St. Paul.

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