The Jones family plans their annual get-together to celebrate Grandma Carolyn’s seventy-sixth birthday on Zoom. All four generations of the Jones family attend. Everyone enjoys the party, but they quietly notice Grandma Carolyn’s increasing frailty. Grandpa James has to help her stand up to blow out the candles on her birthday cake. Everything seems to move in slow motion and everyone leaves the Zoom call concerned about Grandma Carolyn.
Grandma’s daughter, Jodi, is especially dismayed by what she has seen. Over the last year, she has gradually taken on more and more caregiver duties, such as shopping, preparing meals, driving her parents to appointment that involve heavily trafficked or high-speed roads, speaking with doctors about treatments, running errands, doing laundry, and changing bed linens. It’s been a gradual process. As a result, she doesn’t really even associate all she is doing with caregiving. Her father, James, always offers to help, but with his pacemaker and family history of heart failure, Jodi typically politely refuses.
Jodi’s husband and two children see how each new responsibility takes its toll on Jodi. Sleep deprivation, unhealthy eating habits, and lack of exercise are just a few of the signs of her stress and overburdened schedule. After the birthday party, they fear things will get worse. Jodi’s daughter, Nicole, even suspects there have been financial consequences her mom hasn’t mentioned.
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