Solitary lives of Black caregivers: ‘People deal with stuff you don’t even know about.’ (Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY)

Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY) mentioned the USC Family Caregiver Support Center and director Donna Benton in an article about caregiving and isolation in the Black community. Community leader Bobbe Akalonu began attending a support group and caregiver meetings held on the USC campus and then worked with Benton to start a caregiver support group at the First AME Church in Los Angeles. “We’ve been a part of the focus groups that come out of research that relates to not only caregiving, but elders who are experiencing the isolation of this particular period of time,” Akalonu said. “The School of Gerontology at USC is the oldest one in the world. And they are critical to some of the research that’s being done with elders. So, I felt that with the match and the mix of experiences for caregivers, you benefit from something that is a part of a positive interaction rather than a negative one.”