Rita Choula

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.
Getting our research off the page and into policy and practice is a critical component of the Public Policy Institute’s work. We know that in order to help older adults, family caregivers of all ages and the professionals who support them, we need to back up our facts and research findings with concrete action steps.
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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..."
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