President Obama declared November 2015 as “National Family Caregivers Month” as a tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family, friends and neighbors.
According to the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) there are over 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. Caregivers range from parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease.
While taking care of those they love, often the caregiver’s wants and needs are put on the backburner. They face challenges that most of us can’t comprehend and are pulled in many directions often at the same time. Working, caring for a home, often splitting times between multiple homes is no small feat. In fact, it is estimated that more than one in six million American workers is a caregiver, often from a low-income household.
These caregivers often put their own physical, emotional and financial well-being at risk. They may neglect their own healthcare and wellness routine. They may cut back on their hours at work or stop working entirely. Caregivers are at a higher risk for depression and other stress related conditions.
It is so important that the caregivers in our lives are given the appropriate resources so they can provide their loved ones with the best possible care.
Take a moment to recognize those loving parents, spouses, children, siblings, relatives and neighbors who put their lives on hold to ensure the lives of their loved ones shine bright with health, safety and dignity. During National Family Caregivers Month, and every month, recognize these unsung heroes and make sure they have the support they need to maintain their own well-being and that of those they love.
Do you know someone who fit’s this description? How do you plan to express your thanks and gratitude for the caregiver in your family this November?
Start a Move Your Mountain Campaign and raise money to show your support and appreciation for the special caregiver in your life.