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Family Caregiving for Seniors - SageCorner Blog

November is Time to Celebrate Family Caregivers

by Lori Paterno on Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:02 PM

Celebrated each November, National Family Caregivers Month is a time set aside to recognize and honor family caregivers across our nation. Family members devote countless hours every day providing care to their loved ones. As Barack Obama declared in 2012, “We recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.”

Wikipedia defines a family caregiver as “a relative, friend, or neighbor who provides assistance related to an underlying physical or mental disability but who are unpaid for those services”. The latest statistics from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP states that approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the previous 12 months.

The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) coordinates events each year to thank, support, educate, and empower family caregivers. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” So often caregivers unselfishly devote immeasurable time to caring for someone, often putting their own lives on hold to support the family unit.

In President Trump’s 2017 National Family Caregivers Month proclamation, he credits family caregivers with providing innumerable and selflessness services. Who knows where many people would end up without these generous people! As we celebrate these unselfish efforts of so many, we want to send our respect, gratitude, and appreciation.

"Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone." -Gertrude Stein

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Lori Paterno

Caregiving is hard work. This blog is designed to help caregivers with insights, practical ideas, and hopefully some humor along the way.

  

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education.

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education. 
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