President Obama has declared November 2012 National Family Caregivers Month, in honor of the daughters, sons, spouses, partners, and others who pick up where health care professionals leave off, balancing their own lives with the work of caring for their loved ones.
According to the President:
“Family caregivers have an immeasurable impact on the lives of those they assist, but their hours are long and their work is hard. Many put their own lives on hold to lift up someone close to them. That is why my Administration continues to support these committed individuals through programs like the National Family Caregiver Support Program and the Lifespan Respite Care Program…. I encourage all Americans to pay tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends, and neighbors.” (Read the full statement here.)
We couldn’t agree more! We’ve talked about family caregivers a lot on Disruptive Women and are thrilled that they are getting the national attention they deserve.
Here are some of our contributors’ past blog posts about family caregivers:
- Chronic care decision-making from the caregiver’s perspective
- Children as caregivers in the Nigerian culture
- An inspirational, romantic, heroic caregivers story for Valentine’s Day
- Preventing burnout in family caregivers