Puzzle: Expressing Thanks to Family Caregivers
In November, we think about things that we are thankful for. Gratitude is a powerful force. Research shows that being thankful is good for our health, and it’s certainly good for our relationships.
November is also Family Caregiver Month—and who today more deserves our appreciation than the 44 million people in America who provide care for one or more older loved ones who are living with health challenges? Family caregivers are spouses, partners, sons, daughters, in-laws, grandchildren and friends. They help seniors manage their healthcare, deal with doctors and medication management, and perform hands-on nursing care. They provide financial support, transportation and companionship.
Studies show caregivers are happier and feel less stress when they feel appreciated. How can we express our gratitude to family caregivers—whether we are a care receiver, a family member, an employer, or a neighbor in the community? On the individual level, we can tell caregivers how much we value them—and then back that up with an offer to help, or to listen, or whatever the caregiver needs. On the community, state and national level, we can advocate for services that help these generous people help their loved ones.
To learn more:
- See “Expanded Services for Unpaid Family Caregivers” in this issue.
- Visit King County Caregiver Support Network.
To connect with a caregiver support specialist, contact Community Living Connections (1-844-348-5464).
Take a coffee break and try your hand at this month’s puzzle, which contains 20 things that caregivers can really use. Click here to download the puzzle.
Need a little help? Click here for the solution.
Source: IlluminAge Communication Partners; copyright 2017.