Help out a caregiver
To the Editor:
There is a good chance that if you are not a caregiver yourself that you know someone else who is.
In the United States, approximately 43.5 million adults provide what is called “unpaid” care to someone age 50 or older.
Breaking that number down further, 19% of all adults are responsible for daily caregiving tasks such as meal preparation, travel to/from appointments and cleaning for an older dependent or loved one.
When one considers how many caregivers in America have jobs, other demanding responsibilities and/or children of their own, one can start to imagine how stressful their lives can be.
If you know someone who is a caregiver, there are ways to help. A lot of caregivers may be unaware that there are resources available that can provide some relief.
For example, the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Eldercare Locator is a great way to get started and they are just a phone call away at 1-800-677-1116. The AARP Caregiving Resource Center at www.aarp.org/caregivers is also a site that offers a wide range of services and supports for both caregivers and for those of us who might wish to help.
If you’ve ever taken care of an older parent or loved one, you know how much it can mean to have a break and some free time for yourself.
Helping out a caregiver in 2013 would be a great resolution for the New Year.