VIDEO: A bootcamp for caregivers

March 5, 2014

Christina Marneris is the community services program coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities in Washington state. She helps facilitate local support groups for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers in Southwest Washington. (Meena Ganesan/The Washington Post)
Christina Marneris at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving in America forum in Seattle. (Photo by Scott Eklund/The Washington Post)

“Sometimes family members are not identifying as caregivers and so if you don’t identify as a caregiver, how are you going to go out and look for resources?

“When we go out into our communities, we always say, ‘What do you want to know?’ [One time], a male caregiver asked, ‘How do we do [personal] care for our spouses?’ We don’t know where to go buy the undergarments. We need to know what shampoo to buy, how often to shampoo. And the kitchen is just a nightmare. So we just need a little help.”

-Christina Marneris, community services program coordinator

Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington

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