Recommended: “How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick” on April 22

If you’re a caregiver, you may have heard of the “Best Friends” approach to Alzheimer’s care. It’s a creative approach to caring for a person with dementia that’s based on the assumption that above all, we should be a friend to a person who is ill. After all, don’t love, acceptance, and support go a long way toward helping someone feel better?

Courtesy of the National Cancer Institute

Courtesy of the National Cancer Institute

I’ve always admired the Best Friends approach, which perhaps is why I was so pleased to see another author approach illness – this time, cancer – through the lens of friendship.

On April 22, Chicago is in for quite a treat. Writer, journalist, and feminist advocate Letty Cottin Pogrebin will discuss her latest book, “How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick,” at the Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row literary event. In her book, she provides an intimate look at the communications (and miscommunications) that occur between friends and relatives when a serious illness occurs.

If you’re a caregiver, I’m sure you can recall instances when your friend or family member clearly needed support, but you were at a loss as to what to say or do. Oftentimes, these situations are fraught with awkwardness. Our gestures may be well-meaning, but that doesn’t always mean they are helpful.

At this event, Letty will share what she learned as a breast cancer survivor about what people really need when they are seriously ill and how to be a effective friend to those who are struggling against a life-threatening condition.

Here are the details of this important event:

What: Letty Cottin Pogrebin discusses her new book, “How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick”

When: Monday, April 22, 7 PM

Where: Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Cost: $10 when you purchase tickets here using the code “Friend”

If you attend, please come back and tell us about it! This promises to be a valuable educational experience for caregivers and family members alike.

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