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Grandparents as Caregivers
As we continue to explore new ways of
improving service components for grandparent caregivers,
it is my hope that we learn from these and similar
innovations and share that knowledge and experience
throughout the aging network. The challenges faced by
grandparents who are raising their grandchildren can be
daunting, but they are surmountable. As we reach each
milestone, we become one step closer to our vision of a
society that is increasingly aware of the importance of
supporting grandparents who are caregivers.
Where to Go for Help:
State and Area Agencies on Aging and local community
service providers across the country have instituted
programs and services to assist grandparent caregivers.
Other important programs offered around the country
include respite services and support groups.
To learn about grandparent caregiver resources in your
community use the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 to
contact your local Area Agency. An extensive list of
resources and valuable links is also available on the
Administration on Aging web site: www.aoa.gov.
Josefina G. Carbonell is the
Senior VP for Long Term Care for Independent Living
Systems, LLC. She was the Assistant Secretary for Aging
at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
She is nationally recognized for her work and is the
recipient of numerous awards, including the 2001 Claude
Pepper Community Service Award and the 1997 Social
Security Administration Commissionerís Team Award.