While visiting family last week in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas, I snuck in a little business this past weekend by attending the American Library Association convention. (See July 6 blog for additional information.) I met with publishers to learn of any caregiving titles they offered. Sadly, I saw less than a handful on exhibit. Usually, library conferences cater to children’s titles. (At least, this has been my observation.) However, I was surprised to see a consortium of German and Spanish publishers and took some time to learn what caregiving and Alzheimer’s titles they offered. The well-organized German exhibit offered a computerized database with hundreds of titles, much to my pleasure. The representatives from Spain specialized in other areas; so I was not able to readily find titles of interest to caregivers. I am heartened that awareness continues to spread in Germany, at least.
Afterward, Chicago-area-based, Denise Brown of Caregiving.com and my husband, and I met at Chinatown for delicious Dim Sum (at Phoenix) and dessert (at Saint Anna). We talked for a couple hours about the state of caregiving advocacy and lamented the need for integration of efforts in order to present a stronger front; especially, during times of budget cuts. Denise observed that many caregivers try to reinvent the wheel instead of seeking existing resources. I commented on how, given my background in organization development, I witness too many organizations guilty of the NIH syndrome, which is usually expressed as: We’re not interested in anything Not Invented Here.
If we’re to succeed, we need to draw on the strengths we each have to offer. Divided we fall. United we are strong.
By the time I returned home on Monday, I received confirmation of the publication of an interview I had with Diane Mapes of MSNBC about people who stash cash and then often forget about it.
Excerpt: Brenda Avadian, a 49-year-old caregiver advocate from Pearblossom, Calif., says “her heart stopped” when she found a packet of 30-year-old U.S. savings bonds shoved between two books while visiting her father.