Caregiving: A Week in Pictures

AARP’s Amy Goyer juggles work and family duties as a live-in caregiver for her parents

  • Chandler AZ, Sept 16 2013 Amy Goyer and her parents, sister and caretaker Kelly at their home with physical and massage therapist. (Beth Perkins Photography)

    En español | Mobile technology helps me to juggle my job with Mom's physical therapy session.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy Goyer at her home in the morning, waking up early to work and spend time with parents, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    Pausing for a cup of coffee after a hectic morning getting my parents ready for the day; taking care of their dog, Jackson; and planning the evening meal.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy Goyer and her father at Fry's grocery picking up a perscription, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    Dad needs to stay active. Because he enjoys getting out of the house, he often accompanies me on errands.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy Goyer in her office away from home, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    When my parents moved in with me, I rented an office to give me some quiet space to work.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Chandler AZ, Sept 16 2013 Amy Goyer and her father Robert Goyer at the dentist office (Beth Perkins Photography)

    I manage to get some work done during Dad's dental examination.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy refilling pills while working, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    I often keep up with work emails in between some time-consuming caregiving tasks, such as filling pill organizers.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy Goyer watches as physical therapist Donna exercises with Amy's mother, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    Donna Adler, a fitness professional, leads Mom in exercises while I monitor her progress.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy Goyer kisses her father's forehead, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    I take a quick break from work to help Dad get started on his stationary bike exercise.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy Goyer and her father at Starbucks for a treat., Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    A fun reward after a busy morning: sharing a cold drink with Dad and his service dog, Jackson.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy Goyer at her home with her mother and her mother's new mobile doctor. Dr. Livi, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    Mom's new doctor makes a house call. I'm grateful. It means less time I spend away from work.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy Goyer, her father and physical therapist Donna in the pool, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    I've found that working out with Dad in the water is an effective way to meet both of our exercise needs.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • It gives me a sense of fulfillment to help my parents with both simple and complex daily tasks.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy Goyer with her parents and caretaker Kelly while saying grace at the dinner table, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    Dad still leads us in saying grace every evening.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Amy Goyer at her home with her parents explaining to them that her sister will be having surgery the next day. Then calling her sister with her parents. (Beth Perkins Photography)

    My Mom revels in affections from Dad and me.— Beth Perkins Photography

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  • Caregiver Amy Goyer embraces her mother Patricia Goyer, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

    As this story went to press, Patricia Ann Stutz Goyer, 87, passed away. "I'm devastated at the loss of my beautiful mom," Amy said. "It was an honor and a privilege to care for her as she cared for me."— Beth Perkins Photography

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