Are you making you making your community or world a better place by being of service? President Obama has made national service an important cause – and wants to make it possible for all Americans to serve their country.
34 million family caregivers have already been answering Obama’s call to service. A study by AARP (“Valuing the Invaluable”) shows that family caregiving the U.S. reached $375 billion in 2007. That exceeds the $311 spent by Medicaid last year!
Family caregivers also give an average of $5,531 of their own money to care for their parents. They tend to struggle with physical and financial issues of their own, and be more stressed.
Many times, family caregivers could use to be of greater service to themselves, while taking care of others. Access to needed resources, self-care and health promotion and having a support system to talk to about the challenges of caregiving is critical. www.AgingPro.com offers the national resources, education and community to help caregivers reduce stress and increase peace of mind.
Family caregivers – thank you for your service!