Peer support
Almost 6 million people in the US care for an ill or disabled partner
Chronic illness changes relationships. When spouses or partners 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. Well Spouse Association provides support and resources to people of all ages who care for partners with chronic illness or disability. We provide support whether you feel like a caregiver or not. We are an inclusive and welcoming community - no matter your age, partnership arrangement, sexuality, orientation, gender, or religious beliefs.

Fundraiser - Gift Card

How Would You Like To Pay Only $10 For a $25 Restaurant Bill?

With WSA's newest fundraiser, you can do just that!

We are selling $25 gift cards for $10.  They are redeemable online for certificates to over 10,000 restaurants across the U.S.  They never expire, and can be divided among several restaurants.  To see the participating restaurants near you, visit their website. 

Well spouses deserve a break with someone else doing the cooking and serving!  Treat yourself to this great deal and help WSA at the same time. These cards also make great gifts! 

Here's how it works:                                                                                 

Go to, type in your zipcode, and see which of your local restaurants are participating. If they interest you, contact Dorothy to buy a card for $10 which buys you $25 of food! Once she sends you the card, you log on to their site and buy certificates for your chosen restaurants, that you present when paying for your meal.

These also make great gifts as they are good at over 10,000 restaurants around the country.

Contact Dorothy about purchasing a card or to ask a question about this win-win deal.  WSA makes $5 on each card we sell.

WSA addresses the unique challenges that well spouses face every day


Learning that you are not alone

WSA's network of more than 25 monthly peer support groups and our online support groups connect you to others who understand what you're going through.

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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.

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Sharing our stories

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

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"Some of the best advice for caregivers will come from other caregivers."

-New York Times

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