Iris gave up her career at age 59 to take care of her mother, Maximina, who suffers from multiple ailments – any of which could mean life in a nursing home. But Iris is determined to keep her mother at home, where she wants to be, and out of costly institutional care.
Iris isn’t alone more than 106,000 perform a labor of love every day caring for older parents, spouses, and other loved ones. Each year, they spend 62 million hours helping with bathing and dressing, meals, chores, transportation and more – like complex medical tasks including wound care, giving injections, and complicated medication management. This unpaid care is valued at about $817 million a year. But we know this care is invaluable.
AARP believes family caregiver stories aren’t celebrated nearly enough.
As we fight for commonsense solutions to support family caregivers – like help at home, workplace flexibility, training and more – we think it’s time the world got a better picture of just what it means to be you.
To honor and recognize family caregivers all around the country, AARP will randomly select one caregiver from each of the 53 U.S. states and territories to receive a Portrait of Care, an artist’s painting of you and your loved one.
Share your story and photo with us at aarp.org/iheartcaregivers
Watch to learn more about Portraits of Care:
If you are a family caregiver, you’re not alone.