Friday, November 18, 2011

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Over 65 million people in America care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend.  On average they spend 20 hours per week caring for their loved one.  President Obama has proclaimed November 2011 as National Family Caregivers Month. You can read this proclamation here.  The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) is a non profit organization, which was founded in 1993. Its mission is "to empower family caregivers to act on behalf of themselves and their loved ones, and to remove barriers to health and well being." The NFCA coordinates National Family Caregivers Month and the theme for this year is "Identifying Family Caregivers". The NFCA offered some recommendations for celebrating National Family Caregivers Month, including:
  • Offer a few hours of respite time to allow a caregiver to rest.
  • Send a card of appreciation or a bouquet of flowers to brighten up a family caregiver’s day.
  • Help a family caregiver decorate their home for the holidays or offer to address envelopes for their holiday cards.
  • Help a family caregiver find information and resources on the internet or to locate a local support group.
 Remember, you can contact the Area Agency on Aging's Senior Helpline (1-800-963-5337) to find local resources for respite care. This helpline is available for residents of Florida.

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