Please support WSA for Giving Tuesday!

Peer support
Telling our stories
The WSA Story
Almost 6 million people in the US care for an ill or disabled partner
Chronic illness changes relationships. When spouses transition to caregiver and patient roles, they often face the loss of that singular intimate relationship and the companionship it brings. Spousal caregivers spend more hours caregiving each week, doing more intense tasks, and with less outside assistance, than other types of caregivers. The financial impacts of caregiving are different for well spouses from other types of caregivers too - often the partner with illness AND the caregiver must give up paid employment (at the same time that expenses increase due to medical costs). Caregiving for your wife, husband, or partner impacts the decision to have children, the way children are raised, and where and how one lives, works, and retires. There are few areas of life that are left untouched by the caregiver/patient role in partnered relationships.
WSA addresses the unique challenges that well spouses face every day


Learning that you are not alone

WSA's network of peer support groups and our online support groups connect you to others who understand what you're going through.

Find Support


Creating opportunities to meet other members

We host a number of events each year for members, including webinars, respites , and our annual conference - to bring well spouses together.

Meet up


Sharing our stories

Our Mainstay newsletters give you a voice. We advocate for change with policymakers and share research opportunities with our members.

Tell others

Why Join WSA?

"Some of the best advice for caregivers will come from other caregivers. . . [WSA] coordinates a national network of support groups, and offers "respite" weekends and an online chat resource."

-New York Times

"I must tell you how grateful I am to the [WSA] for helping me manage and get through the difficult times and for the friends I have made."

-Susan from NY

Our Next Event