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Caregiving from 460 Miles Away: A Geriatrician’s Experience Caring for His Mother

  • November 22, 2023

Caregiving from 460 Miles Away: A Geriatrician’s Experience Caring for His Mother

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Caregiving from 460 Miles Away: A Geriatrician’s Experience Caring for His Mother

By Crystal Gwizdala

Louise and Barry Wu stand side-by-side.

Barry J. Wu, MD, FACP, professor of medicine (geriatrics), is a caregiver to his 90-year-old mother, Louise, who lives alone in another state.

Louise has been widowed for 44 years. Before his father passed, he told Wu, “Be sure to take care of your mom, because she dedicated her life to us.” While Wu is the middle of three siblings, as the physician of the family, he feels the most responsible for his mother’s care.

In this conversation with Wu, he shares his experience as a caregiver to his mother and how that informs the advice he gives to other caregivers.

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