General Hospital Shines a Light on Family Caregivers
If you have been watching ABC’s soap opera General Hospital lately and your life has been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, a recent storyline on the award-winning daytime drama has probably hit a little close to home. Family caregiving issues have been at the forefront of the unfolding plot this season featuring the Alzheimer’s struggle of Mike Corbin (played by Max Gail) and the particular set of issues it raises for his son, Sonny Corinthos (played by Maurice Benard), his son’s family and a collection of health professionals and support network on the show.
Viewers have been exposed to a realistic account of the complexities of caregiving this season, and people are taking notice. The show’s writing has been recognized for its accurate portrayal of family caregiving — a relatable topic for the more than 40 million U.S. adults who provide unpaid care to a loved one.
Next Avenue is working with ABC, Hollywood, Health & Society and The SCAN Foundation to shine a light on the millions of family caregivers who often go unnoticed and unsupported. Below are resources and information to help you or the caregivers in your life.
Helpful Caregiving Resources
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