Each year 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. provide critical support to adults with a chronic, disabling or otherwise serious health condition.
AARP and the Asian American Journalists Association partnered to bring to light personal journeys of AAJA members or accounts of other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have been looking after a loved one.
"Journalists telling and sharing their personal family caregiving stories with the public has been an integral part of our AARP Asian American & Pacific Islander caregiving strategy to help people care and prepare to care for their loved ones,” said Daphne Kwok, vice president of multicultural leadership for the Asian American and Pacific Islander audience strategy. “Our partnership with the Asian American Journalists Association seeks to help the journalists through their personal journeys as well as help raise awareness and discourse for caregivers and their families. We want to let people know they are not alone in their caregiving and that AARP is a resource for them.”
Caregivers were asked to share their stories on this topic: Caregiving is often the ultimate expression of love. What was your special caregiving moment?
Winners in each of three categories received a monetary prize and a trip to the Asian American Journalists Association convention in Washington, D.C.
First-Place Winner: Sarah Wallace's essay, “A Strength Supreme: When Stubborn Elders Resist Safety Concerns,” details how she is trying to listen, not lecture, her independent mother. Read the full essay here.
Second-Place Winner: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang's essay, “Taking Care of Our Tough Immigrant Moms Across Four Generations, Well, Trying To,” describes the shifting roles of parent and adult child. Read the full essay here.
Third-Place Winner: Caroline Cao's essay, “My Resume Never Mentions I Was Daddy's Caregiver,” unveils a poignant story about being a teenage caregiver for a father dying from cancer. Read the full essay here.