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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Morgan Fairchild, the Texas-born actress and now host of the TV show Baby Boomers in America. I'll be on an episode of the show, airing Nov. 12 and Dec. 3 (see details below), to discuss my book, AARP's Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving, and the challenges of family caregiving with Fairchild.
She and I have something in common: We both have been caregivers for our parents. Fairchild, 66, and her younger sister, Cathryn Hartt, spent years juggling their care. They did as much as they could; sometimes one would be there in person while the other offered support from a distance, or they would split their time between their dad at his home and the facility where their mom lived after a stroke. They also tried to provide those things that meant a lot to their parents, like driving their dad around a nearby lake that he loved. I can imagine how that brought him joy.
Like many of us, Fairchild adjusted her work schedule during these years, trying to balance her desire to spend time caring for her parents in person and working to help pay for the care. Sadly, the day her mother passed away she was away working. I, and every other caregiver, can identify with that feeling of being torn in different directions, wishing we could be two places at once (or have more hours in the day).
To watch the show and hear some of my top tips for caregivers, tune in to Baby Boomers in America on Lifetime TV and Lifetime HD on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. ET/PT, and/or on Lifetime Real Women on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8:30 a.m. ET. You can also watch the episode later online at babyboomersinamerica.com. Follow Fairchild on Twitter @MorgFair and the TV show @BabyBoomersinAm or on Facebook.
She spends most of her time in Phoenix, where she is caring for her 93-year-old dad, Robert, who has advanced Alzheimer's disease. Follow her blog and videos and connect with Amy on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.