Do you know that November is National Family Caregivers Month?
While they are mostly women, both men and women quietly and efficiently serve as family caregivers. They take their responsibilities seriously, and to many find themselves giving care without help or support.
Family caregivers are a diverse group. They include…
- Adults (usually the oldest daughter) caring for elderly parents or grandparents
- Adults caring for spouses or partners
- Parents caring for children
- Grandparents (usually grandmothers) caring for grandchildren
- And other friends and family giving care
This month is a great time to remember them, and to find ways to make their lives easier. It can be a simple as a phone call to find out what they need or want. Making sure the caregiver takes care of herself or himself, and has time to regroup is important.
Unfortunately, it’s also one of the things that are hardest to achieve.
In searching for stories honoring caregivers, I came across this video about Margaret Bekema who left school 79 years ago to care for family. Her story is inspirational, and it’s wonderful to see how her dream of a high school diploma was reached at the age of 97.
Join the Caregiving Heroes Facebook Page to find more inspiration and tips for Family and Professional Caregivers. And share your stories or those of a caregiver you wish to honor there!
To your Happy&Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore, M.D.