The MS Caregiver Conundrum

The MS Caregiver Conundrum

Produced by RealTalk MS

Produced by RealTalk MS

The progressive and long-term nature of MS means that MS caregivers take on a responsibility that increases over time and can last for decades. Research has shown that this contribution often comes at an unacceptably high cost, as caregivers themselves face a significantly increased risk of reduced health and well-being.

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The MS Caregiver Conundrum, a special podcast series produced by RealTalk MS, features intimate audio portraits that illustrate the often overlooked role that MS caregivers play. We'll call out systemic inequities as well as best practices in caregiving while highlighting valuable caregiving resources and examining the public policy issues that impact caregivers.

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And we'll raise up the heroes – our own friends, family, and neighbors -- who quietly wake each day to walk a tightrope without a net, focused on caring for a loved one living with MS.

Episode 1: Already Toast: Caregiving Burnout in America with Author Kate Washington

Episode 1: Already Toast: Caregiving Burnout in America with Author Kate Washington

I've always said that being a caregiver is like getting a job that you've never applied for, aren't particularly well trained for, and, you quickly discover, the pay is pretty crummy, too. In our first episode, you'll meet author Kate Washington. Kate's book, "Already Toast, Caregiving and Burnout in America", chronicles her experiences as a caregiver for her seriously ill husband while also revealing a broader picture of the often overlooked and undervalued role that unpaid family caregivers pl...