Singer Britney Spears today announced that she is taking an indefinite work hiatus and will not perform her new show so she can focus on her family. Her father is recuperating from a serious illness.
At 66 James Spears is hardly elderly. Still, Spears announcement is the latest in a string of celebrities publicly discussing parental care issues. Yesterday comedienne Kathy Griffin announced her mother has dementia and last month actor Rob Lowe discussed his experiences balancing career and eldercare in an op-ed published in Newsweek. Lowe wrote, “I don’t know what’s more stressful, having to quit your job or not being able to quit your job,” perfectly summoning up the working caregiver’s struggle.
These celebrities prove former First Lady and caregiver advocate Rosalyn Carter’s statement that, “There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers.
Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”
I don’t know what’s more stressful, having to quit your job or not being able to quit your jobRob Lowe