November - national awareness month for family caregivers
The celebration to recognize family caregivers began in 1994, during the week of Thanksgiving, it has grown into a month long celebration every year during the month of November. This is the time to give 65.4 million family caregivers the recognition and celebration they deserve, it also helps raise awareness on family caregiver issues, educate family caregivers and increase support to the family caregivers.
Coincidentally, November is also dedicated as national Long Term Care Awareness month, this is a time to raise awareness about long term care. It is a time for people to start thinking and planning out their potential long term care needs. With about 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day this a great time to learn more about this important fact of life.
Even though long term care is not an easy subject to talk about, it has to be done! Many people tend to think they will never need long term care. People are living longer due to advances in health care and life-style changes. With people living longer they will more likely experience a need for care. An accident, illness, or disability can strike anyone at anytime. If unprepared, the physical, emotional, and financial consequences can be severe to that person and his/her family.
It’s hard for most people to think about long term care especially when they are young, healthy and want to be optimistic about the future. However, the younger you are when you begin to plan for long term care, the more options that will be available to you. The longer you put off making these important decisions the more costly it could become.
November is also the month dedicated to Alzheimer's Awareness month, with over 5.4 million Americans with this disease it is imperative that our nation steps up as one to help raise awareness for this disease.
|"This month and throughout the year, let the quiet perseverance of our family caregivers remind us of the decency and kindness to which we can all aspire."|
|President Barack Obama, 2011’s NFC Proclamation|
Supporting Families Through Life ChangesProviding support to the loved one needing care can be a challenging task, especially if you are the one that is caring for them as you need support as well. There are some suggestions to help.
Classes, Support Groups for caregiversOne of the most common mistakes that new caregivers make is not taking full advantage of the resources that are out there to provide support for them. One of the best ways for a caregiver to maintain their well-being is to connect with others.