National Caregivers Day

Safely tucked into our subconscious

According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada calendar, April 4th was National Caregivers Day…and like most caregivers, I was too busy to pay it much attention!  So today, I thought it fitting I post something to recognize caregivers after all the focus we had at SLC on preparing a report for government on the topic. I was reminded of a satirical article that appeared in an online publication called the Onion*. (yikes, I hope my kids can do better than tucking me away in their subconscious!)

RIO RANCHO, NM—After months spent deliberating the best option for their family, members of the Cooper household decided on Monday to move their elderly aunt Joyce Reynolds into their collective subconscious. “The truth is we’ve been planning this for a while, and I think we’ll all just rest easier knowing she’s there,” said Reynolds’ nephew Mike Cooper of relocating the 86-year-old to the back of their minds, noting that, at this stage in her life, the most sensible place for her was well below their conscious awareness. “Obviously it’s not the perfect solution, but when a relative gets to be that age, it’s great to not have to worry about them all the time.” Cooper went on to say that his aunt would not be lonely in the family’s subconscious, as they had moved Uncle Albert there two years earlier.

*The Onions articles cover current events, both real and fictional, satirizing the tone and format of traditional news organizations with stories, editorials, op-ed pieces, and man-in-the-street interviews using a traditional news website layout and an editorial voice modeled after that of the Associated Press. The publication’s humor often depends on presenting mundane, everyday events as newsworthy, surreal or alarming. In 1999, comedian Bob Odenkirk praised the publication stating, “It’s the best comedy writing in the country, and it has been since it started.” (Wikipedia)