Lindsey from Georgia

Grandma Viola's health starting deteriorating about 4 years ago after she had a stroke. After that it seemed like she was in the hospital with a UTI, pneumonia, CHF exacerbation, and the list goes on and on. At first she was still able to do most things herself, but slowly she became weaker and weaker with each hospital stay. It was finally decided she would either have to go live at an assisted living facility or move in with family. I was fortunate enough that I was able to quit my job and allow her to move in with me and my husband. Bless his hard working soul! I now provide her one on one care 24 hours a day. I take her to doctor appointments, help her with all of her activities of daily living and sleep with a baby monitor to hear her if she needs help at night which she generally does. At first it was stressful and hard, but I have found my rhythm with this caregiver thing and I wouldn't rather be anywhere else or doing anything else.

Share Your Caregiving Story Here


+ Tips for sharing your story

This is an update to my family caregiving story that I have already shared.

Only one story submission per person and/or per household will be accepted.

I also agree that, only when necessary, AARP or its representative may call me with requests for information, as needed to verify my story.

By clicking “Share Your Story”, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the terms and conditions of AARP’s Release Agreement and agree to receive emails about AARP activities, events, and membership benefits.