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Thank You to Our Featured Expert:
Dave Iverson | PBS broadcasting journalist, filmmaker and author of Winter Stars
Thank You to Our Forum Host:
Howard Thornton | Board Member, At Home With Growing Older
This conversation with Dave Iverson is about his book, Winter Stars, a moving and insightful record of ten years of family caregiving describing the everyday experiences and ever-evolving personal relationships with loved ones, professional caregivers and more. If you live in the East Bay, Mrs. Dalloway’s has the book stocked; or find a copy at your local bookstore.
About Our Featured Expert:
Dave Iverson is a broadcast journalist who’d recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s when he decided to do something he’d never quite imagined: He moved in to take care of his 95-year-old mom. Winter Stars is the story of their decade-long caregiving odyssey, which lasted until Adelaide Iverson’s death at the age of 105. It’s a book Michael J. Fox calls “a modern classic … documenting the uncertain journey into the country of caregiving and the deeply sustaining bonds of familial love.” Find out more on https://daveiversonauthor.com/.
All royalties from the sale of the book ‘Winter Stars’ go to support:
- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research;
- Dance for PD (a program of Mark Morris dance group); and
- Avenidas, a San Francisco Bay Area organization providing caregiver support.
Quotes from the Conversation:
“AARP says, ‘There are 54 million family caregivers in the United States, mostly caring for someone older.’ And yet, we don’t think about it. We don’t plan for it.”
“If you know someone who is providing care, call them up and say, ‘Hey, can I come over and sit with your mom for a while so that you can go for a walk? I’m going to the grocery store. Can I pick something up for you?’ That’s so much more helpful than just saying, ‘Let me know if you need anything.’ A sentence we’ve all said a thousand times… right? But offer to bail that person out so that they can get some time. That’s a really concrete thing we can all do.”
“… all caregivers need more help than they think they do, and all caregivers realize that later than they should.”
The original, live conversation was recorded on: Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 5:30 PM PST.