Saturday, Wear Green to be Seen


Saturday, Wear Green to be Seen

Mar, one our members and bloggers, and her husband sporting their green.

Research released a few weeks ago indicated that an estimated 43.5 million adults in the United States have provided unpaid care to an adult or a child in the prior 12 months.

Two years ago, research said that two out of our every five U.S. individuals (more than 90 million persons) care for an adult or child with significant health issues. In 2009, research said that 29% of the U.S. adult population, or 65.7 million people, are family caregivers.

In other words, we know there's a lot of you but we're not sure just how many you number.

Let's fix that with a sea of green.

On the third Saturday of every month, we're wearing green to be seen. We’re wearing green to:

  • Help you start a conversation about your caregiving experience.

  • Connect you with other family caregivers.

  • Help you share support with other family caregivers.

  • Lessen the loneliness of the caregiving experience.

We also want to show our numbers. So, this Saturday, wear your "Superpower" t-shirt or your favorite green shirt. And, while you're at it, take a walk in your green.

Originally, we wore green once a year. In one of her blog posts, Sharon, who cares for her mom, wrote about her experiences wearing our “I’m a Family Caregiver; What’s Your Superpower?” t-shirt. Strangers approach her to tell her their stories of caregiving. On April 17, when we wore green to be seen, Sharon received a hug from a stranger because of her t-shirt. Sharon's blog posts convinced me that wearing green has to be a regular event.

Be sure to share photos in our “Wear Green” Forum when you show you care on the third Saturday of every month.

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I'll be sure and wear my shirt on Saturday! Not sure if I'll be out but I'll try and do a pic either way! Glad this is an ongoing thing!