National Family Caregiver Month
Family Caregivers Month celebrates the efforts of the more than 43 million Americans who are unpaid caregivers to family and friends.
- Combat the solo struggle. In an AARP survey, one in five caregivers said they have no one to call for help. Utilize replacement caregivers—either in-home or at a center. Ask family members to help with shopping, housecleaning and errands.
- You’re not alone. Many family caregivers (over 60 percent) must balance their home lives with working a paid job, while meeting the needs of the relatives in their care.
- Evaluate treatment options. If your loved one isn’t responding well to treatment, ask your doctor about other options. New treatments are always available, whether it’s a different dose, a new medication or a new procedure.
- Don’t forget the future. Know that your caregiving role will change over time. Make meaningful plans for the future with all your loved ones. Mind Your Mental Health (MYMH) helps raise awareness about mental health issues to help you and your friends, family, and coworkers learn practical ways to support your own mental health and gain an understanding of how to help others.
During November, Stamp Out Stigma is taking this opportunity to discuss the importance of caregivers. We will be highlighting the vital work caregivers do each and every day. Being a caregiver can be a labor of love, but it can also be stressful. This month learn how you can be an effective caregiver while also taking care of yourself. Throughout the month of November, we encourage family, friends, and loved ones to learn more about what it takes to be a caregiver and what resources are available to help those who need it. Here are some important facts you should know:
- About 2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months.
- Approximately 8 million caregivers provide care to adults (aged 18+) with a disability or illness or 16.6% of Americans.
- Approximately 5 million caregivers who have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months.
- More than 75% of all family caregivers are women. And for many, caregiving is in addition to working full time and raising children of their own.
- About 7 million adult family caregivers care for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
Remember, mental illness does not discriminate. Join us to help bring attention to the importance of sharing mental health stories and help improve the lives of millions of Americans living with a mental illness.
Help is available! Visit the Mind Your Mental Health website or contact your program to learn more about how to help yourself or someone you care about.