Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-reliant parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy-nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence. Tragedy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregiving, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd parents through their final declines.
David Greenberger has just released his latest CD, So Tough, recorded with his new band, A Strong Dog (Kevin Maul, Mitch Throop, and Matthew Loiacono). For decades, David has collected stories from elderly people. Rather than portraying them as repositories of wisdom and memory, Greenberger illuminates their full and present humanity. David's monologues are entwined with live music in a show that is emotionally rich, charming, funny and evocative.
The works all draw from David's conversations with the elderly in nursing homes, senior centers and mealsites. Some reflect memory loss or other aspects of cognitive decline, while others simply mirror the process of two people coming to know one another through conversation and listening.
David Greenberger and A Strong Dog will perform at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY on May 31st at 8pm.
WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with Julia Soto Lebentritt, an eldercare case manager, bereavement facilitator and therapeutic activities director. Lebentritt, the owner of Spontaneous Care Communications, is the author of a new book called As Long As You Sing, I’ll Dance. She is director of The Lullaby Project.
There are an estimated 45 million Americans serving as caregivers for their aging parents. A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior living referral service. We learn more about the organization from Amy Bryant, who works with A Place for Mom in the Albany area, and Joan Lunden – former host of Good Morning America on ABC.