FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ A Tale of Two Cities
Yesterday marked our fourth annual Miami Fearless
Caregiver Conference (and 93rd event to date).
It was a sunny, beautiful day with a packed house of
family caregivers. As I told the assemblage at the
beginning of the day, to celebrate, we arranged for
the television show “Burn Notice” to shoot in the
parking lot. (It was just a coincidence, but hey, I
would have arranged such a thing if I could have.)
Earlier this month, we hosted the second annual
Nashville Fearless Caregiver Conference (keeping
with the celebrity theme, we were honored to be
joined by MS advocate, multi-platinum recording
artist, and really nice guy Clay Walker).
Represented on the Question and Answer panels at
both events were experts including: physicians,
pharmacists, Social Security, hospice and our
partners at the local Alliance for Aging and Area
Agency on Aging organizations.
One other coincidence during these events is that
the most astonishing questions came from two young
people with the same comment, “Well, I know that my
parent should stop driving, but...” Their stories
were equally jaw-dropping. From the young man in
Nashville whose mother is living with mid-stage
Alzheimer’s disease to the young lady in Miami whose
dad can’t hold a jar, let alone drive, due to the
effects of Parkinson’s disease, their remarks were
show-stoppers at both events.
I was overwhelmed by the wide range of observations,
concerns and suggestions from their fellow
caregivers—from hide the keys to immediately calling
the Department of Transportation. But the
Legal Aid attorney who joined us in Nashville
distilled the take-home lesson in only a few words
when the young man asked if he or his family could
be at risk if his mom hurt anyone by remaining
behind the wheel. She said, “I know a dozen
attorneys who would be chomping at the bit to take
the case against you!” Case closed.
Please share your suggestions about how to get a
loved one to stop driving.
Read the article
about how to get your loved one to stop driving in
the current issue of Today’s Caregiver.