In one in five U.S. households, an adult is providing care to another adult who needs help with such things as managing finances, shopping for food, getting up from a chair, or bathing. While rewarding, providing this care demands time, patience, and knowledge of resources and supports. If you are providing care to a loved one or are concerned about other caregivers, we encourage you to help yourself and to help others. Here’s what you can do:
E-mail friends and family about the Caregiving Channel on AARP.org. Be sure to visit our Navigating the World of Caregiving tool, which has such features as expert videos, checklists, and articles to share. You can click on "e-mail to a friend" from any topic.
Join AARP’s PBS Caregiving Special Online Community forum and share your thoughts on the broadcast.
Order the "Caring for Those You Care About" CD-ROM. The disc provides 43 practical tip sheets to help caregivers with selecting home help, finding quality living arrangements, or navigating legal issues. Give a copy to your office's human resources director, to a leader in your faith community, or to any other person who can print and give the tip sheets to caregivers who need the information. If you prefer, order the paper version in a binder here.
Help caregivers find and apply for low- or no-cost programs that can help you or a loved one stay healthy, cover basic expenses (such as food, home heating, medical care, or prescription drugs), assist older relatives, and support children in your care.
Suggest the book "Caring for Your Parents, The Complete Family Guide," a complement to the PBS special, to your book group, interested people in your faith community, or a caregiver you know. Use our book discussion questions to get the conversation going.
Join with millions of other Americans to support candidates who will give us actions, answers, and accountability on health care and lifetime financial security.
Organize volunteer help for a family member or friend through Lots of Helping Hands.