Noah Adams, NPR
Minia Rivera and home care client Max Green. Rivera shops, cooks and cleans for Green, who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. She works about 57 hours a week, seven days a week, for $9 an hour.
In the second of two reports from Arizona, NPR's Noah Adams spends a day with Minia Rivera, 54, who's been working as a caregiver since she was 14. One of her current clients is Max Green, an 82-year-old diabetic with a history of strokes, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
Rivera shops, cooks and cleans for Green, and helps with his shower — all for $9 an hour. She works 57 hours a week, seven days a week, and has no medical insurance.
Rivera admits she sometimes gets too close to her clients, but believes the work is important — because she says we're all going to need help someday.