AARP Bulletin

Balancing Work and Caregiving

AARP's Amy Goyer, one of the 61 percent of caregivers age 50+ that also work, offers advice

En español | On a recent morning, I helped Dad and Mom get out of bed and assisted them with brushing their teeth and dressing. I fed their service dog, Jackson. I brought Mom the newspaper and cleaned her glasses, and I got Dad settled with music and coffee on the back porch. I administered medications for all three of them, fixed their breakfasts, cleaned up the kitchen, rescheduled Mom's doctor appointment because it conflicted with my paid job, sang and danced with Dad and reassured him repeatedly that everyone was OK and there was nothing he needed to be doing, and put something for dinner in the slow cooker. That was interspersed with work for my job as a writer and consultant: reading and writing emails, sending out tweets and Facebook posts, preparing for a radio interview later that day, participating in a conference call and researching an upcoming blog post. Just another crazy day in my life of juggling two jobs: caregiving and my paid work. … Back to Article

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