In her role with Caring Across Generations, Sarita spearheads a national movement of families, caregivers, people with disabilities, and aging Americans working to transform the way we care in this country so that all families can live well and age with dignity. By harnessing the power of online and grassroots organizing and culture change work, the campaign is shifting how our nation values care and caregiving relationships. The campaign is calling for policy solutions that create a much-needed care infrastructure that provides high-quality, affordable options for people who need care, support for family caregivers, and strengthens the care workforce. Caring Across Generations was instrumental in paving the way for the Home Care Rule, the effort to finally provide minimum wage and overtime protections for 2 million home care workers. The campaign was also successful in winning the Kapuna Caregiver Program in Hawaii, which provides a financial benefit to working family caregivers. And most recently, the Washington Long-Term Care Trust Act, which establishes the first state based public long term care program in the nation.
As a working family caregiver in the “sandwich generation,” Sarita grapples with and can speak to the care issues facing more and more Americans: Balancing caring for her daughter with caring for aging parents. She has devoted time to addressing our nation’s care issues given her own family’s journey navigating care for her father with Alzheimer’s. She believes we have a once in a generation opportunity to design a system of care that can meet the needs of all families.
Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Rochester, NY, Sarita currently lives in Silver Spring, MD, with her husband and daughter.
When she is not working, you can find her practicing yoga, reading mysteries or other great books, and coaching her 8 year old daughter’s soccer team.