The Art and Science of Caregiving

Guide to Elder and End-of-Life Care

"If you are helping a loved one at the end-stage of life, this book is an invaluable resource and guide. Annelise inspires and informs through her stories about elders, the Action Points for Caregivers that follow each story, and her thoughtful guidebook. Readers will gain valuable insights on how to help someone live as fully as possible during the end-phase of life, enjoying what is available to them."


John Gray,
Author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
and several other books

Meet the Author: Annelise Schinzinger

Annelise learned about the importance of competent and loving caregivers when she was recovering from a serious illness at 19. She applied what she had learned when her grandmother and mother were dying. At twenty-seven, her grandmother’s passage took her fear of death away because it was so peaceful. She found herself spending time with elders who showed her how to live, and how to die. Caring for her mother was so profound that she left the corporate world and became a hospice caregiver.

Twenty years later, she was telling a friend about the wise and remarkable elders she had the privilege of caring for. Her friend exclaimed, “You have to write these stories down!” Annelise eagerly started writing, and over the next seven years, her book expanded into a comprehensive guidebook.

Annelise has a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese and Spanish and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of California, Irvine. She received advance level certification in Chi Nei Tsang in 2002, and has worked as a translator and interpreter for Spanish and Portuguese.


Annelise is available for talks about Eldercare and End-of-Life.

We will all die. What we don't necessarily know is how, when, and with what grace we will depart this world.

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"Annelise has a highly compassionate approach to accepting each elder’s individual pathway towards the end of life. Her willingness to enter into and align herself with the dying person’s world with calm supportive presence gives them courage and strength for making their journey. Delightful book with valuable guidance for caregivers."


Marjorie Holcombe, 
author of The Will to Walk



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Interview on KSCO Radio in Santa Cruz, California

May 1, 2019


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