AGING SERVICES: The State Department on Aging sends its special thanks to caregivers.

This November is National Caregiver Month

Many thanks to the all of the caregivers out there!
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This month we recognize unpaid family and friend caregivers. In honor of National Caregiver Month it is important for us to take a moment to say thank you, your role is vital not only to your loved one but to us; you are the backbone of our long-term care system.  We also say thank you to those, and want to help identify, individuals out there who donít recognize they are a caregiver.

Take a look at the list to the right. If you checked any of the boxes, you are a caregiver. The reality is the tasks a caregiver takes on are endless and that can bring upon many rewards but also, much stress. Many donít think of themselves as a caregiver, they may think they are just a wife, a daughter or a nephew fulfilling a family obligation or just a neighbor or friend doing a good deed. The reality is you are performing tasks that help our loved ones keep their independence, you are a caregiver.

Why itís helpful to identify as a caregiver? There may come a time when you need some support. Many services out there use the term caregiver and it will help to identify resources that can provide assistance. In the month of November we want family and friends who help our aging population to embrace the term caregiver.

Caregivers are strong, compassionate, resourceful, persevering, and problem solvers. Knowing the resources before you need them is key to helping you navigate through difficult situations. There are professionals out there awaiting your call to provide you with information; groups to share your experiences with online or in person, with people just like you; training opportunities to help give you the skills needed to do what you do; and respite services designed to give you a break.
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