Relative Caregiving: My Personal Journey


  • Jenny L Jones Florida A&M University


Older Adults, Caregiving, Family Support,


The roles have reversed.  Once a child recipient of maternal rearing, I am now a successful adult who dutifully assumes the caregiver role for my mother as she ages. In retrospect, this situation parallels the current statistic: “one in five households in the United States provides support to an aging or disabled family member,” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015).  This article focuses on my personal journey into caregiving and describes my experience as a caregiver for my mother, why I choose to provide care, and the rewards and challenges and I have experienced along the way.

Author Biography

Jenny L Jones, Florida A&M University

Departmetn of Social Work

Associate Professor/Department Chairperson




How to Cite

Jones, J. L. (2015). Relative Caregiving: My Personal Journey. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 20(3), 25–31. Retrieved from