Jessica Zitter, MD ("Extremis," Extreme Measures) is an ICU and palliative care physician, author, speaker and documentarian. Her latest film, "Caregiver: A Love Story", examines the rising public health crisis of family caregiver burden. Jessica joins How We Got Here to discuss her trajectory from medical school student to caregiver advocate. Jessica emphasizes the importance of advance care planning and talks about why it's so hard for us to talk about death. She also describes her grandmother--the first person in her life she realized was a caregiver. Jessica explains that the family caregiving experience was not the original topic she set out to explore with Caregiver: A Love Story and what compelled her to share that story instead. At the end of the episode, Jessica offers a special message of encouragement for family caregivers.
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