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“Dave Iverson is a writer, documentary film producer/director and retired broadcast journalist. When Dave was 57, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. When he was 59, he moved in with his 95-year old mom Adelaide when she could no longer care for herself. His new memoir Winter Stars: An Elderly Mother, an Aging Son and Life’s Final Journey tells the story of the 10 year caregiving odyssey they shared until her passing at the age of 105.
“Dave has produced and reported more than 20 documentary specials for PBS, including the Frontline film, “My Father, My Brother and Me” which explored his family saga with Parkinson’s disease. He’s served as a special correspondent to the PBS NewsHour and hosted local PBS and NPR programs for 35 years at Wisconsin Public Broadcasting and at KQED San Francisco. Dave is also a founding member of The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Patient Council.
“His awards include a national Emmy, four regional Emmys and numerous film festival citations. Winter Stars is Dave’s first book.”
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Reviews of “Winter Stars”
“Winter Stars is a gift — a modern classic of frontier literature documenting the uncertain journey into the country of caregiving,” praises Michael J. Fox. “That Dave walked this path while himself living with neurological illness is remarkable, but his story will resonate with everyone who has grappled up close with a parent or loved one’s end of life.”
As America ages, the choice Iverson made is one that millions will soon face. The pandemic’s deadly toll on nursing home residents has prompted more people to think about caring for an aging parent at home. But for those considering that choice, what lies ahead? As Iverson discovered, being a caregiver means you experience anger and joy, loss and love, usually when exhausted and often on the same day. But as he also writes, it’s a choice he’d make again. Winter Stars Link helps illuminate the way forward by offering the intimate story of an elderly mother, an aging son, and life’s final journey. Michael J. Fox
Dave Iverson on Why He Became a Caregiver… and What He Learned on KQED’s Forum
Journalist Dave Iverson says that there were a lot of things he didn’t know when he made the decision to move in with his 95-year old mother Adelaide in 2004 to take care of her. “I didn’t know that I would be tested in ways I’d never imagined,” he writes in his new memoir, “or rewarded in ways I’d never dreamed.” He also had no idea that Adelaide would live nearly 10 years more, before passing away at age 105. Iverson, a former host of KQED Forum, joins us to talk about the burdens and benefits of caring for a loved one, how America is failing its caregivers, and his new book “Winter Stars: An elderly mother, an aging son, and life’s final journey”.
Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kqeds-forum/id73329719?i=1000555257293
And/or refer to this: https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101888424/dave-iverson-on-why-he-became-a-caregiver-and-what-he-learned
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