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

This November is National Caregiver Month

Thank you Caregivers!
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In honor of National Caregiver Month we thank family and friend caregivers working hard to help their loved ones continue on each day.

Many caregivers don’t realize they are one and often think they have to be an employee of a homecare agency to be considered 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 when you are routinely helping your loved ones with tasks that they can no longer perform independently, you are a caregiver. The tasks a caregiver takes on are endless and can range from financial management, to the logistics of transportation plans to self-care. While this brings upon many rewards also with it comes much stress.

Why it’s important 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 help. If you are not sure where to start check out the National Family Caregiver Support Program.

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 waiting for your call to provide you 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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November is also National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Many caregivers care for those with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. You are not alone. Remember that you cannot do it all the time. 
The Caregiver Action Network describes the seven letters that spell “respite” as follows: 
R: Rest and Relaxation
E: Energize
S: Sleep
P: Programs that can help you
I: Imagination
T: Take Five
E: Exhale

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