In recognition of her lifetime of work on behalf of caregivers, former first lady Rosalynn Carter will receive an APA presidential citation at the Opening Session of APA’s 2010 Annual Convention, Aug. 12–15, in San Diego, where she will speak about how America can extend mental health care to all who need it.

APA President Carol D. Goodheart, EdD, chose to honor Carter for her work addressing the needs of the estimated 67.5 million Americans each year who care for ailing family members or other loved ones — sometimes to the detriment of their own mental and physical health. Through the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University, Carter has supported research on caregiving and its effects and helped expand support to caregivers throughout the United States.

“As first lady, Mrs. Carter brought to public awareness both the needs of caregivers and the will to do something to improve their lives,” says Goodheart. “Her sustained work on behalf of caregivers continues to this day.”

—S. Dingfelder

Carter will speak at the Opening Session of APA’s Annual Convention on Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.