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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


How Years of Caregiving Led to Bankruptcy

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


Free Respite Relief Program Provides Aid to Military Caregivers Amid Pandemic

AARP and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation are assisting those caring for injured veterans, service members


7 Ways Caregivers Can Create That Holiday Feeling Amid the Pandemic

Adapt old traditions, or start new ones, to help loved ones adjust


Life After Caregiving: The Unexpected Beginning

How I've survived the loss of my father and the end of my most important role


How to Start a Conversation About of End-of-Life Care

Planning for your final days is hard, but it's an invaluable gift to caregivers and loved ones


Teens Reach Out to Isolated Older Americans Through Online Programs

Three intergenerational activities that are lifting spirits during coronavirus



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

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