The Reluctant Caregiver: Missives from the Caregiving Minefields

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Joy Johnston

Joy Johnston is an experienced digital journalist who has covered everything from terrorist attacks and Kardashian scandals to the cat that’s Donald Trump’s doppelgänger. The Reluctant Caregiver, her irreverent collection of essays on caregiving, won a gold medal in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards. She received the 2015 Rick Bragg Prize for Nonfiction from the Atlanta Writers Club. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and other anthologies. She writes about dementia and caregiving on her blog, The Memories Project, and is a featured author on The Caregiver Space.


Johnston lives in Atlanta with her humidity-loathing partner, a goofy pit bull rescue with ridiculous ears, and a pair of cats with dueling god complexes. In her free time, she works on perfecting her resting bitch face while riding the subway. She is currently working on a project called Respite Care Share, an online campaign designed to encourage family caregivers to take a well-deserved break.