Gail Hunt, known in the aging sector as a passionate advocate for family caregivers, died Jan. 13 at age 76. A steadfast friend to ASA, she was not only a member for many years but presented at many Aging in America conferences while CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, and contributed to our publications on numerous occasions.
Hunt founded the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) in 1996, which helped to shape public policy to protect family caregivers and the people for whom they care. Under her leadership NAC became a research powerhouse, providing research on the economic impact of caregiving, on the business case for supporting family caregivers at work, on child caregivers and to foster advocacy for caregivers of people with specific diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s. In 2018 Hunt turned over the reins of the organization to C. Grace Whiting, who just recently left the organization.
Hunt was perhaps even better known as a beloved mentor to many in the aging field, several of whom we heard from in the past days as the news came out.
A beautifully written obituary about Gail Hunt is live here, to add photos and memories of one’s own.
Photo courtesy NAC.