Invisible Front Lines: Family Caregivers and Fighting COVID-19

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“As an epidemiologist, I understand spread of the novel coronavirus and the steps for containment,” writes Olsen. “I am also more acutely aware of what it is doing to family caregivers.” (Larry Moberly)

As the first anniversary of my grandmother’s passing approaches, our family is experiencing an unexpected sense of peace. 

We are at peace because we aren’t navigating her care during a pandemic. A year ago, we weren’t forced to social distance because her nursing home banned visits. We didn’t worry if her facility is taking all the necessary precautions. And we weren’t faced with the decision to take her out of her memory care facility.

Our heart is heavy though for the more than 40 million Americans who, as family caregivers, are struggling with a whole new set of worries and challenges because of COVID-19. 

By training, I’m an epidemiologist….

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