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Kitty Eisele

  • It was 1996 when journalist Howard Gleckman got "the call" — about emergency care for his mother-in-law. Soon he was managing care for three older family members, and found the system impenetrable. He’s since made a career of explaining how long-term care works in the U.S., and how Wall Street investors are helping decide the kind of care your grandmother gets.
  • Kitty asks her dad what he thinks about death and the afterlife, then turns to a hospice chaplain who has discussions like that for a living.
  • Kitty talks with another caregiver about keeping their parents socially connected, even as their social skills decline.
  • After moving in with her dad, Kitty discovers a long list of new responsibilities she needs to figure out, like personal grooming.
  • In search of support, Kitty calls a friend who cared for her husband with Parkinson's.
  • When her dad takes an impromptu road trip across the Midwest, Kitty is forced to reckon with his declining health.