Carers come from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds, and provide care for a variety of reasons. Even some of the most famous people in history have been carers.
As you read their caring stories, think about what you can do to help carers. Caring can happen to anyone, at anytime. Chances are that you or someone you know is a carer, or will be one day.
Albert Einstein cared for his wife. Albert Einstein is famous for his work as a scientist. He is considered the father of modern physics and one of the greatest thinkers in human history.
What you might not know is that Albert was also a father, a husband and a carer. At 60 his wife, Elsa, became seriously ill, and he became her carer. Only a year later she passed away. Elsa had been Albert’s partner, his protector and his family for 17 years.
Albert was lucky. When Elsa was sick, he was able to balance work and caring for her. Some carers are not so fortunate. Carers save the Australian community more than $40 billion every year, yet many still struggle to make ends meet. It doesn’t take a quantum physicist to realise carers need better support.
Because caring can happen to anyone, anytime. Even scientists.
Queen Victoria cared for her husband, Prince Albert.Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, was one of the most famous people in history, but she was more than just a queen. She wore many hats throughout her life. She was a mother, a grandmother, a wife and she was also a carer.
When her husband Albert became sick Victoria’s life changed forever. She had to juggle ruling over the British Empire and caring for her chronically ill husband. Like many carers, she had to try and balance work and care. Of course, being a queen, she probably had a lot more help than most carers.
If you or someone you know cares for a loved one and needs a little help, head to our Advice for Carers page to learn more.
Because caring can happen to anyone, anytime. Even royalty.
Eleanor cared for her husband, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Imagine going from being someone’s wife or husband to their carer overnight. That’s what happened to Eleanor Roosevelt when her husband, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, became ill and was soon paralysed from the waist down.
Eleanor once said, “A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water”. Well, that was her hot water moment, and Eleanor proved to be one tough cookie. Not only did she care for Franklin through the worst days of his illness, she went on to become an influential advocate for social equality and justice.
Someone once said of Eleanor that she would rather light a candle than curse the darkness. That’s an attitude we can get behind. There are 2.9 million Australians caring for a loved one. If you know someone who’s caring, and statistics show that you probably do, make their world a little brighter by checking in on them from time to time.
Because caring can happen to anyone, anytime. Even First Ladies.
Theo van Gogh
Theo cared for his brother, Vincent. He may be the less-famous van Gogh, but without Theo his brother, Vincent may never have been the artist we know him as today.
Back in his day, Vincent van Gogh was not particularly well-known. This, as you can imagine, is not particularly helpful when it comes to making a living as an artist. So when Vincent was poor, Theo would send him money. When Vincent was uninspired, Theo would encourage his talent. And when Vincent began to experience depression and episodes of psychosis, Theo was his support system.
Theo was more to Vincent than a brother; he was also Vincent’s carer, even though they were so often separated by geography. Caring can come in many forms, and from great distances.
Because caring can happen to anyone, anytime. Even if you’re far apart.
Emily cared for her mother, Emily. In a time when popular poems rhymed, Emily Dickinson made a decision to create her own style and in doing so gave us some of the most beautiful verses in literature.
But while she’s a rock star of the poetry world today, Emily’s life was far from glamorous. In her early 20s, she became her mother’s carer. With her mother chronically ill and unable to move beyond her bed, Emily rarely left the house. She was a carer for some 30 years. Although this meant some serious mother-daughter bonding, it was also a time of social isolation for Emily because, like many carers, Emily took on a lot of caring responsibilities without a lot of help.
We don’t think anyone should have to care alone. Find out how you can meet other carers, share your story or just let off some steam here.
Because caring can happen to anyone, anytime. Even poets.