Crozer-Keystone Psychologist Barry Jacobs Co-Authors New Book for Caregivers - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on July 06, 2016

Crozer-Keystone Psychologist Barry Jacobs Co-Authors New Book for Caregivers

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Crozer-Keystone psychologist and family therapist Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D.

Crozer-Keystone psychologist and
family therapist Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D.

Crozer-Keystone psychologist and family therapist Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D., recently co-authored a book aimed at helping “caregivers,” or family members and others who regularly look after sick, elderly or disabled individuals. The book, AARP Meditations for Caregivers: Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family, is co-authored with his wife and fellow psychologist, Julie L. Mayer, Psy.D. and will be published on July 12th by Da Capo Lifelong Books.

The book is intended to comfort and inspire caregivers in order to help reduce their stress and enhance their overall performance. Through the power of caregivers’ personal stories, it teaches techniques for stress management—including acknowledging your limitations, seeking encouragement, and learning to look at the big picture—and provides myriad tips to make caregiving easier. The book also strives to help caregivers realize the value of the rewarding work that they do.

“Caregivers provide crucial support for aging parents, disabled spouses and chronically ill children,” said Dr. Jacobs. “Our book is made up of nearly 150 short, real-life stories that illustrate how caregivers can reap caregiving’s positive rewards, including personal and spiritual growth, an enhanced sense of purpose, and greater family closeness.”

Jacobs, who has been in clinical practice for more than 25 years, is a psychologist at the Center for Family Health in Springfield, as well as the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program. He has held adjunct faculty positions with the Temple University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Department of Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. This is the second book that he has written for caregivers; the first, published in 2006, was: The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent. Since 2008, Jacobs has been the national spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and is an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association. He regularly blogs about caregiving for AARP.org.

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