Amy Grant is a six-time GRAMMY winner and has sold more than 30 million albums over three decades. But the most meaningful work of her life started a few years ago, when her parents were diagnosed with dementia. After arriving home from touring in 2008 and seeing how frail her mother was, Amy cleared her calendar to take care of her. Her mother died last year and now she is focusing on caring for her father, who is still living with dementia.
“I just want to open up the dialogue.” -Amy Grant
— Nicole Luongo (@BareNakedAuthor) October 19, 2012
As a Contemporary Christian music artist, Amy Grant has always been a person of deep faith. She opened up about how the intensely personal experience of caring for her aging parents has impacted her faith, and her music.
“My faith has enlarged.” -Amy Grant
— Mindy Essex (@MindyEssex) October 19, 2012
Amy Grant is just one of 42 million Americans caring for an aging parent or relative. The experience can be challenging and frustrating for the caregiver and for the person being cared for. Virginia Morris is the author of “How to Care for Aging Parents” and she has made this topic her life’s work. She joined Katie to talk about what every family needs to know.
“You really need to talk to your parent.” -Virginia Morris
— Gayle @tutusbygayle (@TutusByGayle) October 19, 2012
Caring for elderly relatives is a huge responsibility and more than half of all caregivers say they have been assisting a relative for three years or longer. So what impact does it have on a caregiver? Yolanda and Geneva Hunter talk about the personal toll it’s taken on them.
“It’s been extremely difficult.” -Yolanda Hunter
— Markus McLaughlin (@MarkusMcLaughln) October 19, 2012
We have a segment on Katie called YOLO, which stands for You Only Live Once. It’s about the things we want to do while we can, just like a bucket list. Amos Baldwin is terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and his dying wish is to take his son, John, on a flight he’d never forget. And with the help of the Bucket List Foundation, that wish came true.
“I want to be remembered that my family knew that I cared.” -Amos Baldwin
— hippie (@hippiebpd) October 19, 2012
Are you or have you ever been the caregiver for a loved one?