The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) in partnership with AARP has made a documentary film about the experiences and challenges that many Hispanic and Latino family caregivers face, called “Cada Paso del Camino” (“Every Step of the Way.”)
The Spanish language documentary traces the life stories of five Latino caregivers as they share the challenges, hardships and solutions that come with caring for a family member who can no longer look after themselves. It is director Alberto Ferreras’s submission to this year’s New York Latino Film Festival.
More than 9 million Hispanics dedicate an average of 32 hours per week to caring for a relative in the United States without any financial support. The income of these "caregivers" in most cases does not exceed $38,000 per year. In addition, Hispanics are at greater risk of suffering from Alzheimers: currently more than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's and this is expected to increase in the Latino population in the next few years.