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Lenora's Mom

My brother Steven and I were at lunch with one of the nations leading caregiver advocates last week, let's call her Lenora, who shared something quite revealing about the nature of caregiving. We were at the annual American Society on Aging/National Council on Aging conference among four thousand others who are also dedicated to supporting family caregivers. It was an extremely exciting week as we met with and bumped into many of the folks we communicate with throughout the year. During the aforementioned lunch, on the last day of the conference, our luncheon guest was telling us about her 93 year old mother who has been able to live independently until recently. It took all of Lenora's considerable skills of persuasion to get her mom to interview candidates for her home health assistant.

After the third attempt at setting meetings was cancelled by her mom, Lenora asked her mom why she was canceling previously confirmed appointments.  The answer foretold of the challenges Lenora was to face, "Well, dear" stated Mom, "It's just not my cup of tea."

This story confirms my theory that some of the toughest caregiving challenges are faced by those professionals who adroitly advise hundreds of families, but when first faced with the middle of the night emergency call about his or her own family member, are simply loving family members in need of guidance. And that is a good thing, because what connects all caregivers is our love and desire to make things better, whether for a client or a family member. 



Gary Barg

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