November: National Family Caregiver Month

Caregivers are family members or friends who provide emotional or physical support to the elderly, chronically ill, or disabled. They can also be professionals who help us navigate the unknown as we face illnesses or end of life.

November is National Family Caregiver Month and we’d like to celebrate the caregivers living among us. The following is a short list of our favorite informative posts for caregivers from around the web.

What Makes a Great Caregiver? explains that not everyone is cut out to be a caregiver. That extra “something special” some people are gifted with makes all the difference. Discover what makes a great caregiver by reading The Five Qualities of Caregiver Excellence.

The Caregiver’s Bookshelf

A comprehensive list of books to help anyone faced with caring for a loved one. explains that “The right book at the right time can offer support, guidance, ideas, empathy, and much more.” Peruse the list at The Essential Caregiver’s Library: 14 Must-Read Books for Anyone Caring for a Loved One.

I Feel Fine and I’m Not Going!

“Are they afraid of aging? Are they worrying about losing control?” Some relatives can be stubborn when it comes to their health. The Caregiver Space gives advice on understanding what stands between our loved ones and the healthcare they need. Read When Parents Refuse to See a Doctor.

Who Cares for the Caregiver?

The Family Caregiver Alliance makes a great point — if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others. Treat yourself right and read these tips for self-care success in Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers.

Caring for Your Parents, Raising Your Kids: The Sandwich Generation

This straight talk from Ally Bank on the financial and emotional impact of caring for the two generations you are “sandwiched” between is informative and worth a read in The Sandwich Generation: Caregiving for a Multi-Generational Family.

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