Blog June 15, 2022

Spotlight: An International Family Caregiver Perspective

Spotlight_ An International Family Caregiver Perspective

By: Anya Nasar
Political Communications Intern Eldercare Workforce Alliance
Prologue:  Working for EWA has broadened my perspective on the many vital issues facing at-home care
workers, and the LTSS assisted living workforce. I have seen firsthand the effects family
caregiving can have on an individual and the hardships and perseverance that my mother,
Asma, withstood as an international caregiver to both of her parents. I felt a strong connection to
the issues EWA advocates for and learned the similarities and differences between family
caregivers within the U.S. and those like my mother, who had to care for aging family members
abroad. My mother had to care for her mother, who suffered from a stroke, leaving her
paralyzed on the right side of her body until her last days in 2010. And her father suffered from
COVID-19 and a terrible fall in the last few years of his life in 2021. I conducted this interview to
bring awareness to the struggles that many families in the U.S. face, having to care for family
members outside of America.