A PROJECT BY

Tight Knit™ is a content series about the many ways people are working to build stronger relationships and communities. This season explores the complexity and joy inherent in providing care for an older family member. The stories provide a glimpse into a life stage that is or will become familiar to many of us, as the number of family caregivers grows rapidly. By the end of 2020, an estimated 117 million older Americans will need assistance of some kind.

Increasingly, it’s those closest to us – our partners, parents, siblings, friends and neighbors – who take on the many visible and hidden responsibilities associated with care. And, as our society adapts to the new norm of social distancing, it’s important to consider the additional impact it will have on caregivers.

Tight Knit™ opens a door into the day-to-day lives of caregivers in Southeast Michigan and Western New York (regions central to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s mission) through eight podcast episodes and two short documentaries.

While the stories provide different experiences, they are universal in recognizing the family caregiver as a vital and selfless part of every community, deserving our unlimited support, attention and advocacy.

Documentaries

Enid & Mami

Enid & Mami

Enid & Mami steps into the daily life of Enid Mojica-McGinnis – an educator, pastor and caretaker to her mother, Emilia Roman. The short documentary provides a glimpse into the humor, honor and hardship of the primary caretaker role.

Watch Documentary
Today Was A Good Day

Today Was A Good Day

Today Was A Good Day offers different perspectives on the day-to-day life of a caregiver, as seen through the eyes of three Southeast Michigan residents who have taken on the many roles and responsibilities of caring for an aging parent.

Watch Documentary
Enid & Mami Panel Discussion

Enid & Mami Panel Discussion

Watch the post-premiere panel discussion led by Tight Knit’s podcast host Ashley Milne-Tyte, with director Julia Reagan and documentary subject Enid Mojica-McGinnis, along with Angelena Taylor, a care partner featured on the podcast. They talk about the making of the documentary, tapping into caregiver resources, the importance of family, and more.

Watch Now
Today Was A Good Day Panel Discussion

Today Was A Good Day Panel Discussion

Watch the post-premiere panel discussion led by Tight Knit’s podcast host Ashley Milne-Tyte, featuring Paula Duren (PhD), KaTania Brown, and Brenda Roberts. They talk about changes prompted by COVID, the terminology of care, evolving relationships, and more.

Watch Now

Podcasts

Listen to the Tight Knit™ podcast series on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Caregiving In A Digital World

01: Caregiving In A Digital World

Two families approach their roles as caregivers with a combination of tech, ingenuity, love–and in one case, a very smart little dog.

Listen to Podcast Episode
Stepping Up

02: Stepping Up

Detroit’s Angelena Taylor was only 28 when she became her father’s main caregiver after he had a stroke. This millennial daughter, educator, and former Ms. Black Michigan is focused on her dad while also setting goals for herself.

Listen to Podcast Episode
It Just Takes One Person

03: It Just Takes One Person

Aging in place can be harder in rural communities, where resources and trained help can be scarce or far away. But in Chautauqua County, New York, we meet one woman making a huge difference for countless isolated caregivers.

Listen to Podcast Episode
Difficult Relationships

04: Difficult Relationships

You might become a parent’s caregiver out of love, or a wish to give back. But that’s much harder for children who were abused by the parent who needs them.

Listen to Podcast Episode
Family Photo

05: Family Photo

Meet two women who moved across the country to look after their respective sets of aging parents, who came to the U.S. from India and had trouble accepting them both individually, when they came out as lesbians, and as a married couple.

Listen to Podcast Episode
4 Generations + 1 Cute Dog

06: 4 Generations + 1 Cute Dog

Four generations of the Roberts family live in one house in central Michigan. They use the house itself, off-the-shelf technology and other creative ways to help look after a family member with dementia and training Bichon Frise to be a service dog.

Listen to Podcast Episode
The Unseen Hand

07: The Unseen Hand

A neurologist found himself entirely unprepared, emotionally and professionally, for his father’s Alzheimer’s disease. But over time, Alzheimer’s revealed a side of his father that changed the son’s view of his dad – and the brain – forever.

Listen to Podcast Episode
Canopy of Neighbors

08: Canopy of Neighbors

Many people in the U.S. are getting older without a close family member who can take care of them. A Buffalo organization is one of many global “villages” that draw on volunteers to help otherwise isolated people with all aspects of caregiving.

Listen to Podcast Episode

About the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York, through its giving in four focus areas – active lifestyles, caregivers, entrepreneurship and economic development, and preparing for success. The two geographic regions reflect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s devotion to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his Buffalo Bills franchise. Prior to his passing in 2014, Mr. Wilson requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name. The Foundation has a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable and overseen by those who knew him best.

Subscribe to receive email notifications to keep up with the latest Tight Knit™ content.

Mail Chimp Subscription

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.