Joy Johnston Untangles Becoming the Reluctant Caregiver

Untangling Alzheimer’s & Dementia, an AlzAuthors Podcast

Joy Johnston Untangles Becoming the Reluctant Caregiver

September 20, 2021

Joy Johnston Untangles Becoming the Reluctant Caregiver

Joy Johnston is a digital journalist, author, and caregiver advocate based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her collection of personal essays on caregiving, titled The Reluctant Caregiver, received a gold medal at the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards. She also writes about dementia and caregiving on her blog, The Memories Project, which was honored as one of the “Best Alzheimer’s Disease Blogs of 2020” by eMediHealth, and she is a featured author on The Caregiver Space.

An only child, she assisted her mother as a long-distance caregiver to her father with dementia for ten years. A few years after his passing, she left her career and home to move across country to care for her mother when she was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. This was not a role she wished for as their relationship had always been challenging.

In this episode we discuss the difficulties of managing your parents’ health care needs as an only child living hundreds of miles away, the shortcomings of rural health care, and why paid caregivers need recognition for the value they bring to family caregiving.

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