Some family caregivers focus on caring for children. Others dedicate their days to assisting elderly parents. Take a look at these celebrities who put their jobs second in order to care for an aging parent.
Patrick Dempsey spent time traveling between California and Maine after his mom’s cancer diagnosis. He and his sister’s shared care duties. His experience led to the foundation of the Cancer Community Center in South Portland. His goals are to turn it into a cancer center that not only focuses on cancer patients but also supports the family members caring for those patients.
In 2020’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” Peter Gallagher played a man stricken with a debilitating illness who needed caregivers. He had plenty of experience for the role as he was a caregiver to his mom after her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
A few things he says about his experience will ring true with many family caregivers. Alzheimer’s can make a family feel powerless. Support is vital to overcome some of the feelings of frustration.
When Rob Lowe’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, he and his brothers stepped up to become her family caregivers. For them, it became days filled with organizing medical paperwork, helping her manage medications, and arranging for other caregivers to help with household chores.
Even with a strong support team, the actor admits it was a lot to manage. He said the most important thing for family caregivers is to not stop taking care of themselves as it’s the key to effective care.
Holly Robinson-Peete starred in “21 Jump Street,” which helped grow her celebrity status. Her dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in his 40s, which lead to the HollyRod Compassionate Care Program for patients with Parkinson’s. His experience led to her pushing for a program that provides financial support to people who cannot afford quality care after a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
Hilary Swank took several years off acting after her father needed a lung transplant She insisted on moving him into her house to help provide the care he needed. She credits a regular exercise routine to help her ease stress. After three years, he’d recovered well enough following a transplant to allow her to start acting again.
Don’t get burned out or overwhelmed when providing care to your mom or dad. Talk to a home care agency to set up regular visits from professional caregivers. They’ll appreciate the companionship, and you’ll be able to focus on self-care for a change.
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