WHYY presents an intimate look at the lives of local caregivers.
(Edited by Mary Eileen O'Connor)
Millions of Americans from all walks of life are caregivers for elderly, chronically ill, or physically or mentally disabled family members or friends. Often, family caregivers are overwhelmed by their situation -- they feel a sense of isolation and despair and are uncertain about where to turn for help.
WHYY produced Circle of Love, a three-part series featuring first-person accounts of the daily struggles and joys of family caregiving. WHYY provided digital cameras to four Delaware Valley families, enabling them to capture their individual stories on tape.
These intimate video diaries, combined with scenes taped by WHYY, provide a personal exploration into the often-overlooked experiences of family caregivers and their loved ones as they deal with such health issues as autism, Alzheimer's disease and depression.
Living With Alzheimer's
Delaware residents Florence Collins, whose husband Russell suffers from Alzheimer's-related dementia, and Carol Francis, whose husband Alfred has Alzheimer's disease, share the emotional struggles they face as family caregivers.
Children With Special Needs
Dan and Carolyn Curran (pictured, left) of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who are the parents of four young children -- three of whom have disabilities, including autism and Down syndrome -- offer insight into the unique challenges faced by parents of children with special needs.
Caring For An Aging Parent
Ana Mulero, a Latina woman from Philadelphia, chronicles her experiences as a caregiver for her mother, who is clinically depressed and doesn't speak English.