Do you care for a loved one? Perhaps an aging parent?
You’re not alone.
According to the Caregiving in the USA study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, nearly 50 million Americans are helping an adult loved one care for themselves.
This month, we here at MyDirectives thank and celebrate you for your dedication and sacrifice as a part of National Family Caregivers Month. The National Family Caregivers Association writes:
In 1994, the National Family Caregivers Association began promoting the celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving. President Clinton signed the first presidential proclamation in 1997 and every president since – Democrat and Republican alike – has issued an annual proclamation appreciating family caregivers. As interest grew in family caregiving issues, National Family Caregivers Week became National Family Caregivers Month.
New to caregiving? Or have you been caring for a relative for a while? Here are some resources to help you out:
- AARP Caregiving Resource Center
- National Family Caregivers Association
- National Alliance for Caregiving
- Conversation Starters for Talking with Family about Medical Wishes
- Dr. Oz’s Sharecare
Don’t forget you need to make sure you’re taken care of as well. Our partners over at CareConscious have a support plan to help you do so as well as resources available for you. Check them out here.