What happens when two sisters with polar opposite views of their parents are called upon to provide care for them? In today’s episode: the sister who felt duty-bound to help out, stepped up and paid a price but views her caregiving journey as the most profoundly rewarding experience of her life. Our guest talks about her mother’s life-threatening spinal stenosis—later diagnosed as cauda equina syndrome—how her family went from paying $20,000/month for caregivers to becoming eligible for Medicaid, how the Manhattan co-op meant for her niece and nephew became hers out of necessity and why it’s essential to increase wages for America’s domestic workers. Tune in for a frank conversation with a creative caregiver who has chosen to remain anonymous.

Music: “Reflections Across the Sky” by Scott Holmes | CC BY | Free Music Archive

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