May Blog

Caregiving often seems like a rubber band, moving from taut to pulled open as far as it can go without breaking. The tension of push and pull is always there as caregivers deal with countless decisions that often have no clear answers.

A few weeks ago, I needed some cosmetics and office supplies so I drove to my local Walgreens and, as I was perusing the aisles, saw a big bag of rubber bands. The bag held an assortment of sizes and colors from big fat bands that would be difficult to stretch to small narrow ones that probably had a stretch ratio of a couple feet. The bands caught my attention because one of my colleagues, Dr. John Guarneri, and I were in the midst of creating a seminar about "caregiver tensions." In that moment, the comparison between a rubber band and caregiving tensions caught my imagination. Here was an almost perfect metaphor!


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