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National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month

President Clinton signed the first National Family Caregivers Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997, and every president has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November. National Family Caregivers Month celebrates Americans providing care for their loved ones suffering from chronic illness, disabilities, or the frailties of old age. The proclamation “encourages all Americans to pay tribute and support those caring for their family members, friends, and neighbors in need of assistance.”

According to a report by the National Alliance of Caregivers and United Hospital Fund, as many as 1.4 million children in the U.S. between the ages of 8 and 18 provide care for an older adult or sibling, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015), 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. About 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months. Family caregivers may be adult children caring for their parents, grandparents raising their grandchildren, or families looking after children and adults with physical disabilities. Family caregivers are devoted spouses, parents, children, neighbors, friends, or partners. National research has shown that caregivers are everywhere, and their numbers are growing more for the Baby Boomer.”

Although most caregivers view their work as rewarding, many experience significant stress and negative health impacts. Family members who care for individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are at risk. Evidence shows that most caregivers are unprepared for their role and provide care with little or no support. Yet, more than one-third of caregivers continue to provide intense care to others while suffering from poor health themselves. Caregivers forsake their needs for the needs of others.

It is during November and every day that Caregivers Outreach Mentorship Empowerment, Inc. (C.OME), along with organizations throughout the country, empowers family caregivers to act on behalf of their loved ones, believe in themselves, take frequent breaks, reach out for help, and speak up for their rights. COME continues to take on the challenge of transforming the role of family caregivers from one that lacks knowledge, most often stress, and burnout to one of preparation, confidence, and improved quality of life. We are making a difference in the lives of family caregivers and their loved ones. We believe that Caregivers Need Caring Too!

In honor of National Family Caregiver Month, Caregivers Outreach Mentorship Empowerment will host its 17th Annual Family Caregivers Recognition on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Join us as we celebrate our honorees, Reverend Yolanda E. Davis, Shirley Wade, Patricia Lee, Donald Claireville, Deborah Henry, Rhea Daniel, Aisha Hernandez, Dr. Marlene Taylor, Lewis Gorden, Terry Williams-Sanjurjo, Sonia Feliciano. Youth Caregivers, Hope Eiley and Braden Oney,

Please Note: The “Let’s Talk “45-minute monthly session will not occur in November. However, it will resume on Thursday, December 21, 2023.

Diane Cooper

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