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AARP Caregiving Expert: Amy Goyer

Amy Goyer is AARP's national family and caregiving expert and moderates our Family Caregivers Discussion Group on Facebook.

Amy has more than 35 years of professional experience serving and advocating for older adults, children and families, and people with disabilities. She has been a family caregiver her entire adult life, caring for her grandparents, parents, sisters and other relatives and friends.

She writes extensively for AARP about her experiences caring for her mother, Patricia, who died in 2013, and her father, Robert, who lived with Alzheimer's disease for 12 years before his death in 2018.

Amy has written three books and appears regularly as a caregiving authority on network news shows, including more than a dozen times on NBC’s Today. She has been a guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors and been interviewed by CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and People, among other media outlets.


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Amy's Latest Columns

5 Ways to Thank a Caregiver on National Caregivers Day

Show appreciation to those who give so much


​The Financial Toll Behind Caregiving for Veterans

Military caregivers spend 1.5 times more than the average family caregiver


Managing the Transition From Hospital to Rehab to Home

4 ways to make the moves easier for family caregivers and their loved ones


7 Ways to Prevent Someone With Dementia From Wandering or Getting Lost

Steps family caregivers can take to keep loved ones safe


How Hospice Helped My Family

A daughter reflects on the decision she made for her father and how much the support meant to them


AARP’s Health Benefits Navigator: A New Tool Crucial for Veterans, Caregivers

Review and obtain health benefits without all the confusion and headache


Resources, Gadgets and Tools to Care for an Older Adult at Home

Address safety issues to allow for independence as long as possible


How Years of Caregiving Led to Bankruptcy

Out-of-pocket costs and spiraling expenses took a huge financial toll



More About Amy


  • Consultant and writer on caregiving, aging and family issues
  • Family and caregiving expert, AARP; moderator, AARP Facebook Family Caregivers Discussion Group
  • Senior vice president for outreach,, 2008 to 2009
  • Coordinator, Grandparent Information Center, AARP, 1999 to 2008
  • Coordinator, Intergenerational Programs, AARP, 1994 to 1999


  • Bachelor of music in music therapy, Ohio University


Awards and certifications

  • Living Now Book Awards, Gold Medal, 2016
  • Certified aging-in-place specialist, National Association of Home Builders

Select memberships

  • Member, American Society on Aging; conference caregiving track review committee
  • Member, Generations United Grandfamilies Advisory Committee