Jamaica-born attorney Andrea McMillan began her caregiving journey on the morning of her brother’s birthday, when the actions of a distracted driver upended her family’s life. In today’s episode Andrea tells us what happened on that fateful morning, and she shares what she learned going to bat for three different family members, from coordinating her injured brother’s care to coming to grips with dementia in both parents. She also talks about how her parents benefitted from the network of Jamaican caregivers Andrea tapped into, her brother’s experiment with living in a nursing home in his early forties, the bizarre friendship she formed with the owner of a funeral home and how humor and faith helped her avoid “the Thorazine shuffle.”

Music: “Sabre” by Ketsa | | CC BY NC ND | Free Music Archive