November is National Caregivers Awareness Month. Caregivers who help people living with illness, acute or chronic, are very special people. Read below from the National Caregivers Association.
In 1994, NFCA launched the first ever celebration of family caregiving declaring National Family Caregivers Week. Recognized by President Clinton when he signed the first proclamation in 1997, NFC Month has been proclaimed by an American President annually ever since. Many states, and dozens of local municipalities have proclaimed November, NFC Month.
Day in and day out, more than 65 million family caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role on the care team. No one else is in a better position to ensure continuity of care. Family caregivers are the most familiar with their care recipients’ medicine regimen; they are the most knowledgeable about the treatment regimen; and they understand best the dietary and exercise regimen.
NFCA coordinates National Family Caregivers Month as a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:
Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
Educate family caregivers about self-identification
Increase support for family caregivers
"The true strength of the American family finds its roots in an unwavering commitment to care for one another."
President Barack Obama, 2009's NFC Proclamation
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