Inspiring a Nation of Caregivers
More than 11 million senior citizens live alone in the U.S., and the Family and Medical Leave Act is still used most by those taking time off to care for aging relatives. I was so inspired by the story of Inez Russell, a Texan who found herself comforting a dying elderly woman in the hospital — and went on to launch Friends for Life in 1986. The nonprofit has since paired 22,000 aging Americans with volunteers. As America ages, we need paid leave for caregivers and supportive communities — and more people like Inez Russell.