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10 Ways to Celebrate National Caregiver Month


10 Ways to celebrate national caregivers month

10 Ways to Celebrate National Caregiver Month

Over 50 million family caregivers in the U.S. contribute over $306 billion worth of free care for loved ones each year. Family and friends provide 80 percent of long-term care. Show caregivers that we care about the importance of their service in November, National Caregivers Month.

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Family Caregivers Month 2011 (National Family Caregivers Association)  

1. Offer a few hours of respite time to a family caregiver so they spend time with friends or simply relax.

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Send a card of appreciation or a bouquet of flowers to brighten up a family caregiver’s day.

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Encourage local businesses to offer a free service for family caregivers throughout November.

4.
Help a family caregiver decorate their home for the holidays or offer to address envelopes for their holiday cards.

5.
Offer comic relief! Purchase tickets to a local comedy club, give a family caregiver your favorite funny movie to view, or provide them an amusing audio book to listen to while doing their caregiving activities.

6.
Find 12 different family photos and have a copy center create a monthly calendar that the family caregiver can use to keep track of appointments and events.

7.
Offer to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a caregiving family in your community, so they can just relax and enjoy the holiday.

8.
A United States postage stamp honoring the more than 50 million family caregivers in America is officially "under consideration" by the U.S. Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee. Sign the petition at www.thefamilycaregiver.org and ask others to sign the petition letter.

9.
Help a family caregiver find information and resources on the Internet or to locate a local support group.

10.
Ask your local elected official to issue a proclamation celebrating National Family Caregivers Month. Click here for sample proclamation language.


Click here to make a donation to the Dallas Area Agency on Aging Caregiver Support Program.


Posted On 11/14/11

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