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Grandparents as Caregivers

By Josefina G. Carbonell

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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:


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.

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