As we get older it becomes our turn to care for the people that raised you. Taking care of an older parent can mean anything from handling their bills, to helping them with meals, to driving them to appointments, and more. Juggling all of those roles can be tough, but Father’s Day is a great day to remember why we do it.
This Father’s Day, I’m doing my part to raise awareness about The National Council for Aging Care, an online platform that enables caregivers to publicly recognize the parents whom they care for. Each individual ‘thanks’ will be integrated into the interactive tapestry, representing the 42 million caregivers in the US. Caregivers everywhere deserve to be recognized for the important work that they do, and Father’s Day reminds us why it’s worth it.
Across the country 42 million people, primarily women, between the ages 40 – 60 are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older loved ones each and every day. They may not know it, but they are caregivers, and they play an extraordinary role in supporting those we love.
The Caregiver Assistance campaign with AARP aims to connect caregivers with tools and resources to help. New research from AARP suggests that caregiving can take a tremendous toll on a caregiver’s personal health and general well being. And yet, many caregivers do not self-identify as such and can be reluctant to ask for help. The campaign aims to connect caregivers and resources, tools and experts through the AARP Caregiving site. AARP is one of the best resources out there! Starting with the 12 Resources that Every Caregiver Should Know! From Family Caregiver Alliance to the Veterans Administration.
You can help by Participating in the #ThanksProject. Visit Aging.com This Father’s day, honor the parent you care for by ‘thanking’ them on our Thanks Project platform and contribute to the tapestry of appreciation.