November is a busy time—Fall is well underway, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching as are the rest of the holidays, and the year is coming to an end. November is also National Family Caregiver Month. Caregivers are so important that we don’t just set aside a single day or a week to recognize them, the entire month has been dedicated to honor and celebrate those who set aside their own needs to care for a loved one. Caregivers come from all different directions; spouses, siblings, adult children, neighbors, and social connections to name a few.
Know that you’re not alone! There are 53 million caregivers in the U.S. That means that every 1 out of 5 people is a caregiver. The average age of caregivers is about 50 years old with 61% of caregivers being women.
Your time and dedication is amazing. 55% of caregivers visit their care recipient more than once a week and spend on average 23.7 hours on care per week. On top of that, 61% of caregivers are employed.
Knowledge is power, arm yourself with resources, and know where to go for help. ADRC is now offering a new Caregiver Portal called Trualta that offers convenient, online learning on a variety of topics. Caregivers can choose the categories or topics they are interested in and the program will customize the lesson plan to cover those specific topics. Our Information & Assistance specialists are also available to get you the resources you need and help guide you on your caregiving journey.
Take time for yourself. Respite services are available so you can take time to recharge your batteries and be your best self as a caregiver. Have you called ADRC about funding that may be available to help with this and other costs?
Support systems are key. 21% of caregivers reported that they felt alone. ADRC offers a few different support groups to help you get connected with others.
• The Mug Club for any family caregiver
2nd Wednesday of the month 6-7pm
• The DeMENtia for men caring for a loved
one with dementia
Every Tuesday 9-9:45am
• Women’s Group for women caring for a
loved one with dementia
3rd Thursday of the month 9-9:45am
For more information on how to join any of these groups online or over the phone, call ADRC at (920) 448-4300.
The care that you provide for your loved one does not go unnoticed. You meet the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of those who count on you for their care.
During the month of November, through all your challenges and successes, I invite you to Stop, Breathe, Feel, and give yourself credit for the care that you provide!