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How to Relieve the Stress of Caring for an Aging Parent: Amy O’Rourke (Transcript)

Full text of Amy O’Rourke’s talk: How to Relieve the Stress of Caring for an Aging Parent at TEDxOrlando conference.

Best quote from this talk:

“Being with an older person is really an opportunity to slow down. Try to rush an older person. Try it! You can’t do it. So, you have to be there. You have to slow down. I kind of think about it like a form of meditation.”

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TRANSCRIPT:

Amy O’Rourke – Founder of Cameron Group Care Management Services

How many of you in here, raise your hand, can easily recognize the two-year-old? Raise your hand.

All right. Now, how many of you in here could easily recognize an 85-year-old? Raise your hand.

This is the topic of my talk today. I’m going to talk about caring for the late life elder, and taking the stress out of it. And I appreciate your time and attention, all of us do here today. Thank you. It means a lot.

I have a master’s degree in public health administration and I have a master’s degree in gerontology, and I’ve worked with older adults for 30 years. But most importantly, I love working with older people. I love it.

The first job I had out of college, I was 21 years old, I was the assistant activity director in a 21 bed nursing home. And every day, I’d walk down the hall and I’d go into Emilia’s room. That’s Emilia with an ‘e’. She would say that every day.

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