Families are the primary source of support for older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers.
The national observance is spearheaded by Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a nonprofit that provides free education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers. This is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country.
Many caregivers work and also provide care, experiencing conflicts between competing responsibilities. Research indicates caregiving also takes a significant emotional, physical, and financial toll. With nearly half of all caregivers over age 50, many are vulnerable to a decline in their own health. Studies show that coordinated support services can reduce caregiver depression, anxiety, and stress, and enable them to provide care longer, which avoids or delays the need for costly institutional care.
Caregiving can often have a significant impact on the life of the caregiver in more ways than one. It can make maintaining their physical and mental health more difficult and may put a strain on work and social life. It’s important for caregivers to take care of their own mental health.
Supporting caregivers with information and resources can help them maintain their mental health and better serve loved ones with mental illness.