National Family Caregivers Month: Supporting Loved Ones

“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” – Rosalynn Carter

A caregiver is defined as a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person. This November, the world honors those caring for loved ones with National Family Caregivers Month by providing resources for self-care, advocacy and de-stressing. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.”

Rosalynn Carter was one of the first public figures to recognize the sacrifices made by caregivers. The former first lady spent decades as a champion of those in that role, work that grew from her job in the mental health field. The former first lady said it best when she explained at some point, we all either need caregiving or will provide caregiving. Today, close to 45 million Americans provide 38 billion hours of unpaid informal care each year for older family members and friends living with chronic conditions that inhibit them from handling daily activities such as bathing, managing medications or preparing meals on their own.

To read more, pick up a copy of the November/December issue of LiveIt magazine.