Celebrating Family Caregivers

Bonita

Celebrating Family Caregivers

Bonita
As former caregivers, one of the things that we can do for those who are still in this season of life is to recognize them. Of course, every day we should remember those who need encouragement and assistance in their role of caregiving. This month of November, National Family Caregivers Month, is an opportunity to make the public aware of the stories of caregivers. We can participate in local community groups to bring awareness to their needs. We can find ways to share their lives by interacting in helpful ways whether it is lending an ear, providing a meal, sitting with their loved ones for a time, cleaning the house, or any number of other means according to their need.

A caregiver's life is often lonely and overwhelming with its demands. When you are in the midst of it, you can become so focused on living for the moment that care for yourself is on the bottom of the list. This is why friends and family need to be involved without asking "What can I do?" Learn about the caregivers you know. They are in your midst--at work, church, in your neighborhood. Family caregivers often work other jobs and still care for parents, siblings, or children. You may not know of their roles because they rarely complain but do whatever is necessary to care for their loved ones.

As a former caregiver, I am proud to honor family caregivers and say to them, "God bless you." I will be participating in a community event where family caregivers are invited to gather for a time of respite and receive accolades for the tremendous service they are providing. Local businesses have provided information, drawings, refreshments, and a time to say "We care about you." After my caregiving role has ended, I am honored to join the ranks of those who have become advocates promoting care for the caregiver.

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