Ribbons That March for Us

Denise

Ribbons That March for Us

Denise
During a recent call-in talk show, we shared our thoughts to this question: Can we march, too?

Our show reminded me of an idea I write about last October: Ribbons of care which may solve the problems we face in organizing an event, like a march, to create awareness for our needs.

Last year, I learned that my neighbor across the street cared for her mom. I figured it out after I saw an ambulance in front of their home, arriving soon after her mother's death.

Caregiving happens in the house, which means we often don't realize which of our neighbors care for a family member.

Let's make it easier to connect with others in our communities who care for a family member with a chronic illness or disability. Let's show our support for others who currently care for a family member or those who previously cared for a family member. Let's tie a ribbon because we care. Let's let our ribbons march for us.

If you currently care for a family member or friend, tie an orange ribbon around a tree in front of your home. You also can tie the ribbon on a fence or railing or hang a tied ribbon from a window. I used a plastic table cloth purchased at Target to create my ribbon.

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If you previously cared for a family member or friend, tie a green ribbon to indicate you are adjusting to a life after caregiving ends.

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If a caregiving experience has ended and another continues, tie an orange and green ribbon.

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Once you tie your ribbon(s), take a photo and share on social media using this hashtag: #ribbonsofcare. You also can share your photos in our Ribbons of Care group.

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