Eleanor Gaccetta

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Eleanor is a Colorado native who grew up in a small farming community outside Denver. Her career in state and local government spanned almost 40 years during which time she earned both a Bachelor and Master’s degree from Regis University. She retired to provide full-time care to her mother after she broke her hip at age 93. Armed with faith, humor and love she navigated being a sole caregiver until her mother’s death at age 102 in 2017. One Caregiver’s Journey, a memoir of her caregiving experience, was published in 2019. In 2021 she published Generations of Good Food, a collection of 200 recipes which span six generations of family. Today she lives in a western suburb of Denver and enjoys an active lifestyle that includes baking, cooking, gardening, physical activities and spending time with family and friends.

Eleanor Gaccetta

One Caregiver’s Journey, Generations of Good Food

Generations of Good Food

Generations of Good Food is a compilation of recipes that spans six generations. This is a collection of straightforward recipes and heartfelt stories of Italian life that brought families together around the table. This book will raise your interest whether you are a novice in the kitchen, a home cook, or a professionally trained cook. The cookbook is a compilation of nearly 200 recipes that include main dishes, breads, cakes, pies, cookies, and candy. Would you like to cook a variety of pasta dishes, bake Sweet Easter bread, Lemon Ricotta cookies or make Tiger Butter Fudge? These and many more recipes are included with easy-to-follow instructions. Just glancing through the table of contents you will surely get the urge to cook, bake and eat.

One Caregiver’s Journey

If you are a caregiver or about to become a caregiver, One Caregiver’s Journey is a must read. This personal memoir will make you laugh or tug at your heart as the author shares her experiences about providing 24/7 care in her home to her mother for 9 1/2 years until her mother’s death at age 102. The book is an easy read, honestly written and provides suggestions and information that can be utilized by all caregivers. This book is based on personal experiences and not medical findings and candidly details the daily unexpected health or age-related challenges caregivers face. Because the book was written over a period of 9 1/2 years, the reader will experience first-hand the various stages, changes, challenges and complexities of being a full-time caregiver. The author shares insights, practical advice and experiences how her caregiving routine evolved over time as her mother aged. The book is a caregiving blueprint that empowers readers to realize that the challenges we face are not insurmountable. The book extends out six months after her mother’s death and proves there is life after caregiving. The author was able to recognize how special the time she spent caring for her mother was, how much she learned about herself, her strengths and how her life has been enriched.

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