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Friday, May 9, 2014 Permalink

Who Cares


Four in 10 American adults are family caregivers. They provide for the needs of parents, spouses, children with disabilities, and siblings. It’s a labor of love that takes a toll physically, emotionally, financially. Who cares for the caregivers? How do they care for themselves?

We explore these questions and more through the lives of three caregiving families.

Listen to the companion stories from our collaboration with NPR


  • Destined To Be Caregivers

    Katie Orr

    James and Judy Lee believe their son’s disability has brought them closer together. Born with cerebral palsy, Justin is now 16 and requires round-the-clock care. Despite the physical and emotional strain, they wouldn’t change him, even if they could.

  • To Have And Have Not

    Julia Mitric

    Rick Rayburn’s wife, Marianne, was a beloved schoolteacher and loving mother. But her dementia and a brain infection have changed their retirement plans. Rick is now a 24/7 caregiver. That doesn’t leave him enough time to take care of himself.

  • Her Sister's Keeper

    Cosmo Garvin

    Loretta Jackson’s house is full of family. Besides her husband, daughter and granddaughter, she provides care for her sister Shirlene, who had a stroke and father, Theodis, who was diagnosed with dementia. She relies on faith to pull her through.


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