I search the top 100 books in Alzheimer's and Eldercare every day.
The stunning cover of Working Daughter caught my eye recently. I reached out to Liz O'Donnell and read her book, cover to cover. Wow, she hits the nail on the head as she speaks honestly about the challenges of caregiving for an elder family member, (in her case, both parents) while trying to do it all, staying afloat in her own family life and her career.
On July 1, 2014, both of my parents were diagnosed with terminal illnesses. My father had been acting forgetful and confused and he had been in the hospital for ten days while they evaluated him. That day, I had a meeting with his care team and they told me he had Alzheimer’s and dementia, that he could no longer live at home, and that I had a week to place him in a memory care facility. I left the meeting – reeling – and before I even exited the hospital parking lot, my cell phone rang. It was a doctor at another nearby hospital. A few days earlier my mother had been sent there with stomach pains. That doctor told me mother had ovarian cancer and asked me if I could come right away, so we could tell her the news together.
Please read her entire post here.