November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to celebrate family caregivers across the country. This month, we raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities and do our best to increase support for caregivers.
In 2010 The “Silver Tsunami” started with over 40 million baby boomers started turning 65 years old. The big anniversary in 2015 was acknowledged. This was a huge milestone with the golden anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid that marks the apex of 50 years of financial and medical support to them as well.
So why is Family Caregivers month so important? The Administration for Community Living notes “that the primary support for older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. are family members.” It is important for us to recognize the hard work that it takes to care for a loved one with extra needs. The theme for this November is “Caregiving Around the Clock,” and it is important for us to recognize a few things we can do to show our caregivers love and support.
- Provide resources for self-care, de-stressing and advocacy.
- Financial Tips for Caregivers
Family caregivers can come in many forms, such as parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts or uncles.
As a self-advocate, what are some things you can do to acknowledge the caregiver in your life? I want to express my thanks to my parents for being my role models and my caregivers, and I am more than grateful that they’ve had my back throughout my life and me theirs they help me to be included in the community, they taught me to follow my dreams.
- Express your thanks to a caregiver in your own way by writing them a letter, drawing them a picture or telling them today that you’re grateful that they’re supportive of you.
There are many different ways a caregiver helps their loved ones, such a helping them stay mobile with their wheelchair and going above and beyond to make sure their health needs are met. Part of being a caregiver is also listening to their loved one express their needs, and advocating on behalf of this person.
I remember when I was little my mom and dad had to advocate on my behalf especially when it came down to my education and having meetings with my teachers putting me in the right classes, getting the help that I need and getting a teacher’s aide. When I was a baby, I needed all sorts of therapy, like occupational and physical therapy, and they came to my house to work on my fine motor skills. I also needed a tutor back when I was in school and still do to this day.
Although the month of November is dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating National Family Caregivers, we want to make sure they know they are appreciated and celebrated all year round THANK YOU CAREGIVERS!