Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver

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What happens when you are called upon to care for an elderly family member or friend, and you have no idea how to do it? Caring for a loved one can be a scary, exhausting and rewarding situation—and with an aging baby-boom population, it’s one that an increasing number of Americans find themselves facing.

Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, a new book by Bobbi Carducci, is an honest, uplifting account of the author’s experiences in caring for her father-in-law, who suffered from schizophrenia, age-related dementia, and a host of other health issues.

Bobbi Carducci was an in-home caregiver for her father-in-law, Rodger, for seven years. During that time, Carducci learned to navigate the health care system and support Rodger through the challenges of schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, age-related dementia, dysphagia, C.O.P.D., and congestive heart failure. By sharing her experiences, she hopes to help those now caring for loved ones at home.

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Bobbi Carducci is a former senior staff writer for the Purcellville Gazette, a small Washington, D.C. area newspaper. Her short stories appear in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort Anthologies as well is in print and online magazines.

Bobbi’s book for young readers, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, received both a Mom’s Choice Award for and a Living Now Award for Excellence. It was also named A Best Dog Book for Young Readers by Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer.

For three years she wrote a monthly book review column for About Families Publications before resigning to concentrate on writing Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver and her blog, The Imperfect Caregiver. Bobbi also writes monthly posts on caregiving for TheCaregiverSpace.org and AgingCare.com.

Bobbi serves on the Board of Directors of Pennwriters, a national writers group with over 400 members, a position she has held for eleven years. In 2014 she received the Pennwriters Meritorious Service Award in recognition of her continuing support of the organization. She was the luncheon keynote speaker at the Pennwriters Annual Conference in 2013. She serves as a judge for the annual Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.

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“Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver, perfectly encapsulates the human experience, not just the caregiver's. When we live in a world of worry, stress and self-doubt, where do we find the strength to go on? Bobbi's retelling of her caregiving years unfold in a beautiful answer to the questions posed by sickness, health, care, and loss.”

—Alexandra Axel, Media Director, The Caregiver Space

“Written from the heart—not sparing the details, Bobbi Carducci presents the everyday challenges of being a loving caregiver. No topic is hidden or talked around. This is reality! By telling her story Bobbi has given us valuable insight into the confusing and often frustrating world of healthcare today. Read it for the story and use it as a guide should you be called upon to be ‘An Imperfect Caregiver.’”

—Suzanne L. Walls, www.a-childs-book.com

“. . . a testament to love, compassion, grace and courage in the face of often inconceivable challenges. . . . Her tale is nothing short of heroic—invaluable for fellow caregivers. . . . a must-read for anyone who has a family or has loved another person. A story for us all.”

—Erica Herd, Writer, Performer, Co-Author of the solo play, Alzheimer’s Blues

“Brutally honest and written from the heart, Carducci’s intimate chronicle of caring for her father-in-law is a poignant story of strength, compassion, and humor that will linger with you long after you read the last page. Highly recommended for anyone caring for an elderly parent.”

—Jan Neuharth, author of the Hunt Country Suspense novels
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