AARP artistically honors family caregiver

<span>SALT LAKE CITY – November is Family Caregiver Month and AARP is celebrating by recognizing the 40 million Americans who help older parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home. </span>

<span>Laura Polacheck, communications director with AARP Utah, says the 336,000 Utahns who selflessly give up their time and money caring for others are the unsung heroes of society.</span>

<span>”The unpaid care they provide, managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks, is valued at about $4.15 billion in Utah alone,” says Polacheck.</span>

<span>The AARP is recognizing these caregivers by choosing one person from each state and U.S. territory to receive a hand-painted portrait of them and the person they care for.</span>

<span>Nancy Madsen-Wilkerson from North Lindon is Utah’s honoree this year. Polacheck says Madsen’s strength is inspiring.</span>

<span>”For 20 years, she cared for her mother who was neurologically impaired from a car accident,” says Polacheck. “And at the same time she worked full time, raised four daughters and cared for her husband who was terminally ill.”</span>

<span>You can read more about Nancy’s story and that of other caregivers at </span><a href=”https://act.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers/?cmp=RDRCT-HRTCRGVRS_SEPT17_014″ target=”parent”>aarp.org/I heart caregivers</a><span>.</span>

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