Assemblyman David Weprin & AARP Honor Editha Santiago, NYS Recipient of the AARP I ♥ Caregivers Award

Queens, New York – On Tuesday morning, Assemblyman Weprin and the AARP joined together to honor Editha Santiago with a New York State Assembly Proclamation and the AARP I ♥ Caregivers award. Ms. Santiago was chosen as the New York State recipient of AARP’s I ♥ Caregivers initiative, to recognize the dedication of exceptional caregivers in each state.

Editha, age 73 and married with four grown children, cared for her mother, Cesaria, for nearly two decades. Cesaria had early stages of dementia and couldn’t walk because of issues with her knees. One of 10 children, as a retired nurse, Editha took on the majority of her mother’s care. Cesaria died in August, at 97 – four weeks after she fell and sustained a compound femur fracture.

Editha Santiago is one of the 40 million Americans – nearly 2.6 million in New York State – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $31.3 billion annually in New York State alone.

About Assemblyman David I Weprin:

Elected in 2010, David Weprin represents the 24th Assembly District of Queens, New York. As the Chair of the Task Force for People with Disabilities, Assemblyman Weprin values the sacrifice and service of caregivers and nurses.