I heard about AARP’s “I Heart Caregivers” initiative and, as someone who has been greatly affected by caregiving issues, I welcome this opportunity for us to share our stories.

I am 82 years old and I’m caring for my 46-year-old son, who had an accident two decades ago that left him cognitively and physically impaired. He has neurological damage, and it’s hard for him to get around.

I read that AARP Maine recently celebrated a caregiver from Wells, Amy Madge, with a Portrait of Care. Ms. Madge was presented with an actual portrait of herself and her mother at an event hosted at a local gallery.

What a wonderful way to bring attention to the 178,000 caregivers in our state who are working hard to support the family members we love. I’m sure there are others like me who appreciate Amy Madge’s dedication to her mom and applaud AARP Maine for honoring her in such a meaningful way.

Meanwhile, I’ve shared my story at www.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers, and I hope that others will, too.

Anne Palmer

Waterville