Everyone Needs a Break Sometimes—Especially Family Caregivers

Respite is one of the most pressing needs of families and friends who take on a caregiving role. The need for caregiver supportive services — including respite care — is only going to rise as the U.S. population ages. Respite care provides temporary relief from the daily stress of caregiving, such as living with and caring for a grandfather with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. The purpose of respite care is to give the family caregiver time away — to get a …

AARP Raises Awareness, Offers New Resources for Caregivers

I’m excited about AARP’s current caregiving awareness campaign, to recognize and support America’s 40 million family caregivers. The campaign coincides with November’s National Family Caregivers Month. As a caregiver, I’m especially happy to be a part of this effort. I recently appeared on NBC’s Today show, and you can look for me on The Doctors this month as well as on other national and local television programs. Many AARP state offices are organizing events, and I’ll be speaking at several of them. Organize and privately share …

Caregivers Are Key for This Breast Cancer Survivor

Angela Thornton, a quintessential “people person,” has always loved the company of friends and family. She bakes cakes from scratch and cooks old-fashioned soul food recipes, always enjoying entertaining at her home in Washington, D.C. But Angela, a 55-year-old minister and author, never really knew how much she needed the love of friends and family until last March. That’s when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Visit AARP Breast Cancer Learning Center » “As strong as I am, as much …

At AARP, We’re Passionate About Caregiving

Early this year, I lost my dear mother, Hattie Kane, a modest but blessed and beloved wife and mother. She died of a lengthy illness at the age of 93 after I’d cared for her for eight years, five of them in my home. Largely because of this experience, helping others with their caregiving journey has become a new passion of mine. At AARP, we say that if you’re not currently a caregiver, you’re likely to be one in the …

Celebrating Family Caregivers

November is National Family Caregivers Month and the perfect time to recognize the tens of millions of Americans who help older parents, spouses, adult children with disabilities, and other loved ones to live independently in their homes and communities. We are: Partners and spouses caring for each other Fathers caring for their aging parents Grandparents caring for their grandkids Parents caring for their children with disabilities Grandmothers taking care of their husbands, Next-door neighbors’ kids and grandkids taking care of …

Free Film Screenings for National Caregivers Month

I’m pleased to report that many AARP state offices are hosting free screenings across the nation next month of The Theory of Everything, the 2014 film about astrophysicist Steven Hawking’s early struggle with ALS. It’s part of AARP’s efforts to highlight November as National Family Caregivers Month, in conjunction with the organization’s I HEART CAREGIVERS initiative. (Check with your AARP state office to find out if there is a screening near you.) It’s a wonderful film, but if you’re a …