Rita Choula is a Project Administrator with the AARP Public Policy Institute's Office of Strategic Initiatives. Ms. Choula manages a caregiver initiative, funded by major foundations, that seeks to provide nurses and social workers with tools to better support family caregivers across settings. She focuses on the areas of assessing the needs of diverse family caregivers and the development and implementation of caregiver assessment, support and services at federal, state and local levels.

Family Caregivers Need Support; Are States Meeting the Need?

One day my toddler decided that she was going to push “Gamma” in the wheelchair. She went to the tippy-top of her toes, reached her hands high to grab the handles and then p-u-u-s-s-h-e-d. It clearly wasn’t going to happen without some assistance, but she didn’t see it that way. After several frustrating attempts she looked up at me and said, “Help, Mama, help…” I am one of 42 million Americans who care for an older adult. I also work …