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Twenty-Four Seven: A Podcast About Caregiving

What happens when you become your parent's parent? That's what longtime NPR journalist Kitty Eisele had to figure out when she became a full-time caregiver for her dad.

After moving back to her childhood home, she finds herself bewildered by the medical, legal, and emotional challenges of elder-care, to say nothing of the time her dad headed off on a 300-mile road trip without telling her. Kitty manages doctors' appointments and hospital stays, finds outpatient and assisted living options, and tries to keep her beloved dad safe and secure—all while figuring out how to pay for everything in a country that doesn't offer much support.

Through audio diaries and conversations with friends and experts, Twenty-Four Seven explores how we help our loved ones live—and die—and what they mean to us.

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or anywhere else you listen to podcasts.

Support for this podcast comes from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and its Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Latest Episodes
  • We have new episodes coming in January, 2022, as Kitty expands from her personal story caring for her dad, to the experiences of many families. Guests this season include author Patti Davis, about caring for her father Ronald Reagan; MacArthur "genius grant" winner Ai-Jen Poo, and caregiver Jacquelyn Joyce Revere, who streams her lessons about caring for her mom on TikTok and YouTube. We also want to hear about your experience taking care of aging relatives. Get in touch with us at 247@tpr.org, and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
  • 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.