Last week, the Washington Post hosted a workshop in Seattle to highlight the growing importance of adult caregivers in our nation. I was asked to share my take on that issue after my experiences with my Mom, who suffered from Alzheimer’s until she died two years ago, and my Dad, who took care of her. Here’s a 10-minute conversation about the importance of giving adult caregivers a break from 24/7 responsibilities by making an adult day care service available in our communities.
We all need to be comfortable with bringing our aging loved ones out in public, and we need to appreciate the huge (and unpaid) workforce that brings comfort to this growing part of our society. All of us will eventually outlive both our bodies and our minds — but generally not at the same rate. As a society, we should be better prepared.