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Volunteers Create LGBT Support Group for Caregivers in Phoenix

'Duet' partners with AARP to offer assistance in small communities

LGBT couple act as caregivers for aging parent

Jill Richards Photography

George Burson, 65, and husband David Samora, 58, treat Burson's 88-year-old mother, Gina to a monthly salon day at their central Phoenix studio, Salon Georvid.

En español | George Burson and David Samora have been together 29 years and married since 2014. The couple, co-owners of Salon Georvid, were caregivers for their parents and helped make a video series on caregiving for Duet, a nonprofit that coordinates with AARP.

George Burson: discrimination against LGBT caregivers is not as bad as it used to be, but we've talked to people who've had problems because they are not married to their partner, or have families that are not supportive.

I retired in February and have been working for Duet four days a week. One of my projects was to establish an LGBT support group.

Most caregivers we meet are caring for parents, but some are caring for partners.

I also oversee the caregiver mentoring program at Duet, which involves making a weekly phone call, and some in-person visits, to caregivers who need support. This is especially important for LGBT caregivers in smaller communities.

If a problem comes up with a loved one, it can really make a difference to talk to someone who understands what you're going through.

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