55-year-old Maggie McClane is one of millions of working women who often feel like they have to choose between being a good employee and a good daughter. In Maggie’s case the choice was clear: when her father died, she quit her job to become a 24/7 caregiver for her beloved mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, severe macular degeneration and permanent vertigo from a stroke. In today’s show Maggie talks about leaving the paid workforce, what she misses, and her concerns about her financial future but why she knows she made the right choice. She talks strategy: how she fights isolation, relies on Home Instead Senior Care, manages sibling challenges and plans to re-enter the workforce. Maggie also tells us what she’s learned from caring for her mom, how she’s changed and why she will never go without peach pants (think “D” word).
Music: “Even When We Fall” by Philipp Weigl | CC BY | Free Music Archive