Many of us on the Feisty Side of Fifty find ourselves in a caregiver role. Whether it be for aging parents, spouses or friends, age and illness bring a whole host of often unexpected issues and duties that fall to us to carry out.
Melanie Merriman is a research scientist and hospice consultant… but she is also a former caregiver and knows the special challenges this role entails. To these ends, she has recently published a memoir of caring for her elderly mother. Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging is not only a great read, it is a moving account that will give you solace and support if you are facing this extraordinarily difficult challenge.
Melanie joined us to share her thoughts about her experiences and what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation. If you are a woman over 50, you will likely be taking on the role of caretaker at some point, so be sure to listen to this broadcast and hear what Melanie has to say!