Josie Gagliano from Fairfield has written a book called ‘The Australian Ageing Generation Handbook’ about her experiences, in the hope that what she went through will help others facing the same situation.
“I’m the face of the emerging carer,” Ms Gagliano said.
“Carers have traditionally been baby boomers who still have elderly parents, and have children and grandchildren.’’
“I’m Generation X, and we’re having children later, so we’ve got older parents but our children are still young.”
Ms Gagliano wants to ¬destigmatise dementia and the role of carers in our society.
“We need to change our mentality to value carers. The big shift is that it takes a village to care for someone,” she said.
With the help of her husband, mother-in-law and community services, Ms Gagliano is able to have a life outside her role, and encourages others to take ¬advantage of services that can prevent carer burnout.
Ms Gagliano has included interviews with other carers and health professionals and lists helpful services and resources.
“If you’ve got a good service provider you can still feel validated, continue to be a member of society and be a mum and wife,” she said.
The book has been endorsed by the Australian Alzheimer’s Association, with a foreword by national president, Ita Buttrose.
Interview with Josie Gagliano: