As our population ages, more and more of us find ourselves caring for parents and loved ones - some 8.8 million people in the UK. An invisible army of carers holding families together.
Here, Kate Mosse tells her personal story of finding herself as a carer in middle age: first, helping her mother look after her beloved father through Parkinson's, then supporting her mother in widowhood, and finally as 'an extra pair of hands' for her 90-year-old mother-in-law. This is a story about the gentle heroism of our carers, about small everyday acts of tenderness, and finding joy in times of crisis. It's about juggling priorities, mind-numbing repetition, about guilt and powerlessness, about grief, and the solace of nature when we're exhausted or at a loss.
It is also about celebrating older people, about learning to live differently - and think differently about ageing. But most of all, it's a story about love.
Author: Mosse, Kate, Binding: Hardback, Imprint: Wellcome Collection, Series: N/A, Publisher: Profile Books Ltd, Published: 03/06/2021, Pagination: 208 pages, integrated b/w photos, Classification: Biography & True Stories, Country of Publication: United Kingdom