OLEAN - National Family Caregivers Month - observed every November - is a nationally-recognized month that seeks to draw attention to the many challenges facing family caregivers, advocate for stronger public policy to address family caregiving issues, and raise awareness about community programs that support family caregivers.
It has been said that there are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. Unfortunately, this is not an exaggeration. According to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), more than 65 million people are family caregivers in any given year, providing caregiving services valued at $375 billion annually for those caring for older adults. A family caregiver is defined as someone who cares for a chronically ill, disabled or elderly loved one.
During National Family Caregiver Month, reach out to a family caregiver you know, whether a neighbor, relative, coworker, or friend, and offer them a helping hand. Be specific offer a ride to church, a nourishing meal or a free afternoon. Just a little bit of help makes a big difference for family caregivers.
For more information on support services for family caregivers, contact Stacy Lockwood at the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging at 373-8032 or 800-462-2901.