Self-care gets a lot of play in the media, but the truth is we’re all connected and the practice of care involves many people, especially in times of crisis. In today’s show we talk with media scholar and veteran journalist Dr. Sherri Williams about her piece for Elle digital magazine titled, “It Takes a Squad to Care for an Elder.” Sherri describes how—in the midst of earning her PhD—she dropped everything and traveled to Michigan to be with her grandmother, a news junkie and fan of Jay-Z whose health took a turn for the worse when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She talks about her family’s response to her grandmother’s impending death, how her last days changed Sherri and what she learned that others may find helpful. We also dip into some of Sherri’s other work, hearing her views on immigration and the care workforce. Dr. Sherri Williams is an assistant professor in race, media and communication at American University. Note: this episode originally aired August 10, 2017.
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