Exploring the Lessons Learned as a New Caregiver

After serving as the primary caregiver for his wife for 11 years, Dr. Arthur Kleinman shares the unexpected experiences, difficulties and lessons that he faced. His book, The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor, chronicles the emotional and physical journey as a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Guest: Arthur Kleinman, MD, professor of medical anthropology and cross-cultural psychiatry, Harvard University


Episode Topics:

  • Do you believe caregiving and empathy can be taught? 1:25
  • Unexpected experiences as a caregiver: 3:34
  • How do you communicate to your loved ones you need help with caregiving? 10:22
  • Differences between “illness” and “disease”: 20:38
  • Why is important for the community to welcome individuals with memory loss? 27:06
Dr. Arthur Kleinman
Dr. Arthur Kleinman

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Show Notes

Learn more about Dr. Kleinman's book, The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor, and listen to an excerpt at his publisher's website