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