Other News from the White House: It’s National Family Caregivers Month

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 07 November 2012

If you didn’t know it, November is National Family Caregivers Month.

For the past few months we’ve all been quite distracted (and at times even disgruntled) by the national campaign and election buzz leading up to yesterday’s presidential election. However, life for caregivers at home, in assisted living and in other care settings, has gone on; each day bringing new challenges and rewards.

Recognizing family caregivers across the nation, the backbone of our nation’s caregiving system, the White House issued this presidential proclamation, stating their support of the countless hours and invaluable contributions of those providing care in their respective communities.

Here is a noteworthy excerpt from the proclamation:

“National Family Caregivers Month is a time to reflect on the compassion and dedication that family caregivers embody every day. As we offer our appreciation and admiration for their difficult work, let us also extend our own offers of support to them and their loved ones.”

Sometimes it seems that family caregivers are invisible. As we look back on the “groups” that the presidential candidates targeted in their stump speeches (seniors, small business owners, minority populations, etc.), was there a mention of caregivers? At 65 million strong, that’s probably the largest demographic in our country today.

Let’s work together to make caregivers in our community visible. Let’s support them and share resources with them. Learn more about how to get involved in National Family Caregivers Month here.



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