I wish I could say that my mother’s experiences don’t echo those of 45 percent of family caregivers in Ohio who juggle the stress of their own lives along with the responsibilities of caring for their loved ones. Unfortunately, I can’t. And unpaid family caregivers like my mom aren’t the only caregivers who are undervalued.
Mom always took first fiddle. Everything else was brushed aside. And one of the things I learned from my caregiving experience is that caregivers must be supported in the workplace.
Caregivers are harmed by not being supported by the kinds of policies that we want. Many are harmed by not having what they need, too, including adequate financial, social and personal resources to care for themselves and their loved ones.
65 million people. That’s more than the total populations of California and Texas, combined. And it’s the number of family caregivers in the US who, day in and day out, do the incredibly important but undervalued work of caring for aging loved ones or people with disabilities. Now hear what caregivers themselves say they need.
At the beginning of October, Caring Across Generations held the first-ever Home Care Workers Rising Summit in St. Louis, MO, bringing together home care workers and care consumers from all around the country. The following photos and stories are from some of the Direct Care Alliance members who attended the summit.
On Grandparents Day, our partners around the country like Take Action MN are coming together to celebrate and support grandparents and seniors.
I’m Sarita, one of the co-directors of Caring Across Generations. In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to share the story of my dad, and why this work is so personal to me.
I joined the Caring Across movement because of my mother, Rebecca. In honor of Mother's Day, I want to tell you a story about my mom, and the reason why I believe so strongly in the movement we’re building.
I’ve been a direct care worker for almost 40 years, 25 of them in home care. During the past 10 years I have witnessed a critical depletion in my workforce as demand grows.
Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Most people have never heard of this disease. I wish I never had either.