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November is National Family Caregivers Month!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @ 11:11 AM  posted by jbuytaert
The ALS Association again salutes those special people who serve as family caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month. The theme for this year’s campaign is “care comes home.” People living with ALS depend on the support of caregivers, many of whom are spouses, children, parents, friends and other loved ones, who put forth time, energy and effort to help meet patient needs.

The Caregiver Action Network (CAN), formally the National Family Caregivers Association, began honoring family caregivers in 1994 during Thanksgiving week, which eventually led to the month of November becoming National Family Caregivers Month. According to NFCA, the value of the services family caregivers provide for “free,” when caring for older adults, is estimated to be $375 billion a year, which is twice the amount spent on home care and nursing home services.

Thanksgiving Thank You 2015
Caregivers of people with ALS face particular challenges due to the progressive nature of the disease. Caregiving is often willingly undertaken out of love and devotion, but over time it exacts an emotional toll and can adversely affect the caregiver’s physical and psychological health. This month and every month, The ALS Association wants to say “thank you” to the thousands of people who take care of family members and loved ones with ALS, and empower them with resources to take care of themselves. These resources include caregiving tips and hintsinformation on coping with burnoutrespite care, and more.
Be sure to check out the latest issue of the Source to find out what’s going on here at the Chapter and stay up to date on the latest research developments. Follow either of the links below to read the November issue, or click here to view previous editions of the Source.

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