Beyond Burnout


Beyond Burnout: The Exhausting Reality of Unpaid Family Caregivers

(from an article appearing on the AARP website)

'Already Toast' author, Kate Washington,
on the need for more societal support

"Lessons learned

During the two long, intense years Washington spent as her husband's primary caregiver and now living with his chronic illness and disability, she has seen her role ebb and flow. When I ask her what she would share with the benefit of hindsight, she offers this advice.

Say, ‘Yes!’...

Don't delay seeking support... 

Get a reality check... 

Outsource what you can... 

Find a balance between privacy and openness... "

read the complete article here

Kate Washington is an essayist and food writer who currently serves as the dining critic for The Sacramento Bee. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The Washington PostEaterCatapult, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She lives in Northern California. Connect with her at and on Twitter (washingtonkate).


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