Caregiver Spotlight April 2024: Anica L.

Written by Carewell Team on Fri Apr 12 2024.

Anica, her mother, and her daughter.

Caregiver: Anica L.

Who she’s caring for: Her mother, living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and her young daughter.

Meet Anica

Meet Anica L, our Caregiver Spotlight winner for April. Anica is a solo mother by choice, raising her young daughter while also acting as the primary caregiver for her mother Barbara who has Alzheimer’s and Dementia. On top of that, Anica also works full-time as a family therapist. Between work, parenting, and caregiving, there’s rarely room for much else in her life. Yet Anica considers caregiving an empowering, and deeply meaningful experience that’s created a new and unexpected connection with her mother. But that’s not to say that there haven’t been incredible hardships along the way. 

“This has changed our lives in every conceivable way.”

Over the course of the past four years, Anica’s mother went from someone who was incredibly  independent - working, exercising, socializing on her own, to being someone who progressively needed more and more care. Anica chose to move closer to her mother so she could provide support as needed.

The Sandwiched Caregiver

During this journey, Anica started an Instagram account, @the.sandwiched.caregiver, as a way to shine light on her experience and offer support to other caregivers. She documents the ups and downs of daily life, offering an honest look at what it takes to care for someone with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She doesn’t shy away from sharing honest or vulnerable feelings, making her account all the more impactful.

Thank you Anica, for all that you do. Your family at Carewell is rooting for you, your mom, and your daughter!

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