A life in process....
Janet was born in 1949. She is on the bleeding edge of the largest generation in history, the baby boom. "We're called the grey tsunami for a reason," she says, "we will overwhelm society with our evolving needs, change everything that matters to us. Now what matters is quality of life at the end of our lives.
But in the meantime, Janet is enjoying life on Vancouver Island with her husband of 43 years, and loves to live close by to her two grown children and two grandsons.
Janet is an identical twin. Judi is her other half. They are the oldest girls in a family of seven. On the first day of the new millennium, they made a pact. Together they would be family caregivers when it was time. That didn't take long.
The dwindling time started gently, with the main tasks being enabling both parents to still find meaning in their lives in their own way. "Caregiving" was downplayed (though it still consumed lots of time!) By mid decade it was full on 24/7. When the decade was over and the parents had died, Janet and Judi knew life would never be the same.
Judi continues to live in Calgary.