November is National Family Caregivers Month
The ALS Association again salutes those special people who serve as family caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Family Caregivers Matter!” And indeed they do as they put forth much time, energy and effort to care for spouses, children, parents and other loved ones who require daily assistance in dealing with physical, developmental or emotional needs.
The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) began honoring family caregivers in 1994 during Thanksgiving week, which eventually led to the month of November becoming National Family Caregivers Month. Approximately 65 million-plus Americans fill the role of family caregivers. These same individuals provide an estimated $450 billion in unpaid care to their relatives each year.
Caregivers of people with ALS face particular challenges because of the devastating nature of the disease. Caregiving is often willingly undertaken out of love and devotion, but over time it exacts an emotional toll and can adversely affect the caregiver’s physical and psychological health.
This month and every month, The ALS Association wants to say “thank you” to the thousands of people who take care of family members and loved ones with ALS, and empower them with resources to take care of themselves. These resources include caregiving tips and hints, information on coping with burnout, respite care, and more.
If you know a caregiver that deserves a special thank you, please send them an e-card during November to show your support.