November is National Family Caregivers Month. Honor the family caregiver you know by surprising them with a random act of kindness.
● An estimated 10 million millennials (ages 18 to 34) are caring for adult family members – about 25% of U.S. caregivers.
● Nearly half of all adult caregivers are younger than 50.
● More than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with dementia, which can require caregiving for years.
● 5 million people give care to veterans or current members of the military – 1.1 million of these care for post-9/11 veterans and military members.
● Family caregivers are predominantly women – 40% are men.
● 6 in 10 caregivers perform take on complex medical tasks once performed by doctors and nurses; more than 4 in 10 say they receive little or no training.
The really distressing news is, 40-70% of caregivers have significant symptoms of depression as a result.
If you know someone who is a caregiver, that person is likely to need a little TLC – from you. The theme for National Family Caregivers Month 2022 is Caregiving Around the Clock
Such an important phrase. It’s also the key to a caregiver’s well-being, protecting health, strengthening family relationships and preventing burn-out, which allows loved ones being cared for to stay at home up to three times longer.
In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, why not show the family caregiver in your life your thanks for all the care they give? Here are a few ideas from the folks at AARP (plus a few of our own):
● Send her a bouquet of flowers
● Give a boxed DVD set of his favorite television show
● Treat her to a special spa day
● Help tutor his children
● Pick up her kids from school and deliver them to all their after-school events
● Donate your vacation days or frequent flyer miles to a caregiver co-worker
● Cook him his favorite meal or bake him cookies
● If she’s frustrated by technology, send over a geek to help get her devices working
● Do his grocery shopping for a week
● Offer to do her gardening chores like grass cutting, leaf raking, snow blowing and the like
● Grab a couple of board games or a deck of cards and stop by for an evening of play
● Create for her a custom engraved, personalized plaque, award, sign or gift from PlaqueMaker.com