It's Never a Dull Moment at the Urban Shady Pines
"I'm a new mom. I have a 77 and an 84-year-old."
This is the joke I started telling on-stage (I'm a standup comedian) when I was blindsided by the whole role reversal/aging parents thing. It seemed like my parents were fine until one day they weren't.
My Mom was diagnosed with alzheimer's. (I know it's supposed to be capitalized, but passive-aggressively, I refuse to give it that power.) A few months later My Dad had a mild heart attack followed by a cascading set of medical issues. And then suddenly, they needed me. A lot. I wasn't prepared. It was a constant juggle struggle to look after them, maintain a comedy career, and still live my own life. That's how the People with Parents podcast was born. From heartache comes art.
It's a personal storytelling podcast. In micro-episodes I talk about, laugh about, and try to figure out the ever-changing relationship that can happen between adult children and their aging parents. How do you keep their dignity and your sanity? With comedy and candor. (And bourbon. So much bourbon.)
P.S. I do a humor talk called Parenting Your Parents: Six Tips for Caregivers - When Your Empty Nest Smells Like Bengay & Mothballs. It's perfect for companies and organizations that have employees and members who are dealing with the work/life balance of caring for aging parents. Invite me to speak to your group. LeighannLord@gmail.com.