November is National Family Caregivers Month and it’s an opportunity to celebrate and honor the contributions of caregivers. This month, help us raise awareness about caregiving issues, educate our communities, and increase support for caregivers across the country.
Every 1 in 5 Americans is a family caregiver, and while it may be fulfilling to care for a loved one, it is by no means an easy task. Caregiving is often associated with stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, a weakened immune system, difficulty maintaining physical health, and a strained work and social life.
This year for National Family Caregivers Month, The John A. Hartford Foundation launched the #CaregiverAnd campaign, which encourages caregivers to celebrate the many passions that enrich their lives. Far too often your role as a family caregiver overshadows your identity and emphasizes the care you provide for your loved one, #CaregiverAnd shifts that focus, by highlighting the other roles, activities, and passions that make up your life.
Take a look at some of the participants of the #CaregiverAnd campaign, you can join in too!
Resources for Caregivers from The John A. Hartford Foundation:
- The Caregiver Action Network’s resource page includes ideas on how to support caregivers this month.
- In collaboration with Kaiser Health News, The John A. Hartford Foundation held a virtual event focused on how to address ageism in health care settings, including how caregivers can advocate for family members.
- 26 recommendations to Congress about how to support caregivers, along with video stories from caregivers themselves, are part of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregiver Advisory Council’s recently released report.
- The National Academy for State Health Policy published a new RAISE Act State Policy Roadmap for Family Caregivers to support states in expanding resources for older adults and their caregivers.
Resources in Age Well CT’s Caregiver Center: