Adrienne Glusman always knew she would have to care for her mother at some point. It just happened 30 years sooner than she expected. An only child of divorced parents, Adrienne was 29 years old and traveling the world in between waitressing gigs in New York City when her mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Adrienne initially managed her mother’s care from a distance, flying back and forth between New York and her mother’s home in Tampa, Florida during emergencies. But as her mother’s Parkinson’s progressed, Adrienne became more anxious. She finally decided to leave New York and move back to Florida, to be a more hands-on caregiver. Jana talks with Adrienne about how caregiving has impacted her life and her career, the grueling process of finding an assisted living facility for her mom and juggling visits to the facility with the demands of her work. Now an entrepreneur and fierce advocate for millennial caregivers, Adrienne says aging organizations need to start preparing themselves for the reality that millennials are the people they’re going to be having the conversations with. Adrienne Glusman is a public speaker, EMD Serono’s “Embracing Carers” Ambassador and primary caregiver to her mother, Hetty.
Connect with Adrienne on Instagram: @journeyedcaregiver | On Facebook: Millennial Caregivers Corner
Wall Street Journal article featuring Adrienne’s story: “The Call to Care for Aging Parents Comes Sooner Now” (8/6/2018)