This week, in honor of International Women’s Day, Katja shares some of her thoughts and experiences with adult daughters who became caregivers for their elderly parents. There’s a particular pattern of compromised lung health she’s seen emerge in these women, which has been tightly tied to the complex stresses and emotional challenges of the role. Fortunately, she’s found an herbal ally – pleurisy root, Asclepias tuberosa – who’s been especially helpful to them – and may help you or someone you love, as well!
Mentioned in this podcast:
- Health Care? Daughters Know All About It, Roni Caryn Rabin (NYT, May 2017) – “As Washington debates the relative merits of health care legislation, many families have already come up with what is arguably the most reliable form of care in America: It’s called daughter care.
- Dementia Care, Women’s Health, and Gender Equity, Bott et al (JAMA Neurology, July 2017) – “The best long-term care insurance in our country is a conscientious daughter.”
- The Crisis Facing America’s Working Daughters, Liz O’Donnell (The Atlantic, February 2016)
- Daughterhood – An excellent resource for women who are managing care for their parents.