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AARP Artistically Honors Family Caregiver

Nancy Madsen-Wilkerson, Utah's 2015 Portrait of Care honoree, with a painting of her and her mother. Credit: AARP Utah
Nancy Madsen-Wilkerson, Utah's 2015 Portrait of Care honoree, with a painting of her and her mother. Credit: AARP Utah
November 23, 2015

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.

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.

"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.

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.

Nancy Madsen-Wilkerson from North Lindon is Utah's honoree this year. Polacheck says Madsen's strength is inspiring.

"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."

You can read more about Nancy's story and that of other caregivers at aarp.org/I heart caregivers.




Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - UT