November is National Family Caregivers Month, and this caregiving stuff is hard work! And it’s usually not funny… Until Jeff Foxworthy and caregiver Peter Rosenberger teamed up with AARP to provide some comic relief on the subject.
Across the country 42 million people, primarily women, between the ages 40 – 60 are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older family members and friends each and every day.
These are the unsung heros of today. These caregivers support the people we all love. Caregivers take on a variety of roles as providing this care can come in all forms. From taking mom to the doctor’s office, to managing medications, to total care of a loved one. New research from AARP suggests that caregiver’s personal health and overall well-being can be greatly affected by the physical and emotional strain of caregiving, but many caregivers are reluctant to ask for help. The Ad Council has released a series of new Public Service Advertisements (PSAs) that explore the many roles caregivers take on and provide resources to help them cope with their daily responsibilities.
Here are some resources to share to help recognize caregivers everywhere for the important work they do:
- The new website, ThanksProject.org, where you can share a message of thanks with a caregiver you know and post it publicly alongside other messages from people across the country to illustrate the number of caregivers nationwide.
- A new online quiz to help identify if you are a caregiver: click here for online quiz
- If you or a caregiver you know needs support, a caregiver support group is imperative for the health and wellbeing of the caregiver.
If you are a caregiver, or you know someone who is, please be a part of this important campaign. Visit aarp.org/caregiving for more tools and resources. And hug a caregiver today.