Aging Parents and Caregiving–Joan Lunden’s story

This week, nextavenue, the PBS online newsletter, published–reblogged:

Joan Lunden on Challenges, Guilt and Caregiving,

Her breast cancer battle and selfless life story are inspiring

posted by Sherri Snelling, December 1, 2014 More by this author

Joan LundenSherri Snelling, executive director at Keck Medicine of USC and author of A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care, is a nationally recognized expert on America’s 65 million family caregivers with special emphasis on how to help caregivers balance “self-care” while caring for a loved one.

Joan Lunden

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When she stepped onto the stage at a recent AARP convention, Joan Lunden looked as sunny and radiant as she always has. Famous as the 17-year co-host on Good Morning America in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Lunden later transformed into a healthy living guru and businesswoman who inspires everyone she touches.

She came to talk to the gathered boomer-and-beyond crowd about caregiving — a role she had played with her mother, who died in 2013……………………..

……Lunden’s life has been a series of triumphs and challenges. As a young girl, she lost her father, a cancer surgeon, in a plane crash. As she began her career as a TV broadcast journalist 30 years ago, she also became a caregiver both to her brother, who had health complications from type 2 diabetes, and to her mother, who was eventually diagnosed with dementia. What Lunden didn’t know at the time, she says, is that caring for her brother and mother simultaneously is when her caregiving journey began……… link for full article 

(Note: Posts are off-schedule this week due to travel and lack of internet access.)

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