Letting Go and Learning to Float: A Caregiver’s Story

  • Tracy R. Whitaker Howard University
Keywords: Professional help-seeking, relative caregiving, role conflict,


Professional training prepares one for many things, but not necessarily for becoming a caregiver.  Although I was trained as a social worker, it was a geriatric care manager who provided the resources and hope that allowed me to ajust to the changes in my life after my mother had a stroke.  This narrative discusses some of the resistance that initially hindered my professional help-seeking as well as the benefits of finally reaching out for assistance.

Author Biography

Tracy R. Whitaker, Howard University

School of Social Work

Associate Professor