Interview with author Jody Gastfriend To understand the nuances of caregiving and how to navigate this uncertain terrain, I had a chance to interview Jody Gastfriend, VP of Senior Care at Care.com about her recent book, My Parent’s Keeper: The Guilt, Grief, Guesswork, and Unexpected Gifts of Caregiving published... more
In the middle of the night, I hear my iPhone ring. With a groan I look over, half-expecting it to be a prank call. Instead, I see “Mom” on my Caller-Id. I answer without hesitation. Before I even say hello, my mom says, “I am having heart palpitations and my... more
"Senior Sense" Newsletter, May Edition “Mom, look at Grandma. She looks so pretty.” My twelve-year-old daughter discovered a picture of my mom in a box filled with stacks of photographs. With her black hair loose, my mom stood next to a light-blue Ford Maverick on a small Texas street... more
How does a family caregiver maintain sanity in this sandwich-generation role? When I was in my 30s, I faced the grueling task of simultaneously caring for my ill father and my 3-year-old daughter. During my father’s home hospice stay, I took it upon myself to make sure that he took... more
When you’re caring for a loved one who is aging or ill, people will often say things like “You’re so brave” or “I couldn’t do what you do.” But most of the time, you don’t feel especially brave or heroic. Although caregiving for a senior can be incredibly rewarding... more
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