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PD Active Virtual Speaker Forum: "A Caregiver's Journey, An Open Conversation with Winter Stars Author, Dave Iverson"
Dave will present a short reading from his book, and he will field questions about the book and about caregiving in general. Copies of his book may be purchased for $10 by emailing t.morrish@pdactive.org.

During his broadcast journalism career, Dave Iverson produced over 20 documentary specials for PBS, including the Frontline film My Father, My Brother and Me (2009), and Capturing Grace (2015). He also hosted local NPR/PBS programs at KQED in San Francisco and served as a special correspondent to the PBS NewsHour.

Iverson was 59 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (his father and brother also had Parkinson's), and a few years later he decided to do something he’d never imagined—he moved back home to care for his 95-year-old mother, Adelaide. Winter Stars is the story of the ten-year journey that followed. For anyone who’s considering taking on a caregiving role, Iverson’s memoir offers an intimate, unvarnished portrait of the challenges and changes that lie ahead.

“Winter Stars is a gift — a modern classic of frontier literature documenting the uncertain journey into the country of caregiving,” praises Michael J. Fox. “That Dave walked this path while himself living with neurological illness is remarkable, but his story will resonate with everyone who has grappled up close with a parent or loved one’s end of life.”

As America ages, the choice Iverson made is one millions will soon face. The pandemic’s deadly toll on nursing home residents has prompted more people to think about caring for an aging parent at home. But for those considering that choice, what lies ahead? As Iverson discovered, being a caregiver means you experience anger and joy, loss and love, usually when exhausted and often on the same day. But as he also writes, it’s a choice he’d make again. Winter Stars helps illuminate the way forward by offering the intimate story of an elderly mother, an aging son, and life’s final journey.

Jun 11, 2022 10:30 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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