Caregivers Juggle Medical Tasks

Boston Globe: Caregivers Taking On More Complex Medical Tasks
Just listening to Irene Ingemi describe the patchwork system of friends, family, and part-time day-care services she’s stitched together to help her care for her frail mother-in-law is exhausting. The 90-year-old broke her hip last fall and has since become incontinent, needs a walker to get around, takes seven pills daily, and is having increasing memory problems. As Ingemi, a 60-year-old nursery school teacher, dashes from work back to her Norwood home each day, she mentally juggles a list of appointments for her mother-in-law with chores that need to get done (Lazar, 5/6).

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