National Family Caregivers Month is celebrated every November and is a time to recognize and honor caregivers across the country. It is also a time to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers. The 2021 theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.”
It is important to remember the friends, loved ones and neighbors who help with grooming and bathing, clean houses and shop for older adults and others who need to be cared for.
Watching a parent age or seeing someone you care for change drastically due to illness can be devastating. If you are a caregiver, take time to check your wellbeing. If you are not sleeping well, exercising, or feel yourself becoming more isolated, talk to someone. There is no shame in feeling overwhelmed or in asking for help.
Some simple ideas that may be helpful include:
- Attend a conference or workshop on caregiving. Many are available online now, and you may receive practical advice, as well as learn that you are not alone. Learn more at aarp.org/caregiving or powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org/class-type/minnesota
- Find a local support group. You can find some support groups on our website: mnraaa.org/calendar.