Join us for a Discussion on Caregiving, sponsored by 1818 Society Members Helping Members
“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter
Caregiving is one of the most difficult life experiences many of us will ever have. On Thursday, December 15, from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Members Helping Members is organizing a Webex discussion about the many challenges of caregiving based on the play Because She’s My Mother, written by Bank retiree Paula Stone. Told with both humor and poignancy, the play follows the bittersweet journey of an adult daughter as she struggles to take care of both her aging mother and herself. The link to the unlisted YouTube of a “Table Read” of Because She’s My Mother is available for viewing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K47-vzRQ9ZQ
The discussion will be facilitated by both the playwright and Bank retiree Paula Donovan. Topics to be addressed include why caregiving is so hard; the various issues and conflicts that arise for both the caregiver and the one being cared for; differences in cultural expectations; and some lessons and strategies for navigating the experience.
To register for the discussion, please click the link below:
We encourage those who register to view the video in advance of the event. The video runs for about 75 minutes and is divided into two acts. It can be viewed in one sitting, or broken into shorter segments at the viewer’s convenience. The reading was produced by PlayZoomers, Inc., a theatre company that specializes in online theatre. The video is being offered to the World Bank community at no charge as a community service.
Paula Stone retired from the WB in 2001 and has been writing plays for about a dozen years. Prior to covid, Because She’s My Mother had several public readings in the Washington DC area, and as a result, Paula was invited to lead workshops under the auspices of Montgomery County’s Caregiver Support Program for adult children who are caring for aging parents.
Paula Donovan retrained as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) after retiring from the WB in 2005.
To join by Webex:
Meeting number: 2312 505 6932
Join by phone
1-650-479-3207 Call-in number (US/Canada)
Access code: 2312 505 6932