PRESIDENT OBAMA PROCLAIMS NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH

PRESIDENT OBAMA PROCLAIMS NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH

November 2009 — THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

October 30, 2009

NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH, 2009

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Click here to read his proclamation.

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Saturday November 8, 2008

 

Dear Blog:

 

Chad’s been on vacation this past week. The 3 of us took a little out of town daytrip to Western NY yesterday. A nice relaxing fun day. We came home to a large envelope in the mail from Edward G. Rendell, the Governor of Pennsylvania. I had written to him about November being National Caregiver’s Month. He sent a signed official statement Proclamation on parchment paper with an original gold embossed seal. I’m glad he has recognized the need to acknowledge caregivers around the State. My email to him didn’t go in vain.

 

This morning I learned that the White House is home to a swimming pool, a bowling ally and a movie theater.

 

I’ve received copious emails from caregivers of friends, family members and loved ones suffering from one type of dementia or another. The positive message from the majority of them is that they’ve been helped from the October 30th blog. I’m going to post that page again today.

 

Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness, because it is an acknowledgement of the difficulty of the situation at hand. Sometimes that is not always an easy thing to do; however, we owe it to ourselves and our families to really try. You will both be better off if you learn to:

 

  • Put guilt aside.
  • Overcome negative self talk and insecurities.
  • Ask for the help you need and accept help that is offered.
  • Recognize and accept that you have a RIGHT to time off.

It has been said, “It takes a village to raise a child,” the same holds true for family caregiving. It is far too important of a job to go it alone. Reach out and ask for HELP!

National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month) — observed every November — is a nationally recognized month that seeks to draw attention to the many challenges facing family caregivers, advocate for stronger public policy to address family caregiving issues, and raise awareness about community programs that support family caregivers. It is a time to thank, support, educate, and advocate for the more than 50 million family caregivers across the country.

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Family Caregivers Month 2008


There are many ways to celebrate family caregivers and to take action and communicate the important messages of NFC Month. The following are ideas and guides to help you create a successful National Family Caregivers Month in your community:

  1. Offer a few hours of respite time to a family caregiver so they spend time with friends, or simply relax.
  2. Send a card of appreciation or a bouquet of flowers to brighten up a family caregiver’s day.
  3. Encourage local businesses to offer a free service for family caregivers through the month of November.
  4. Participate in the National Family Caregivers Association’s FREE national teleclass to learn how to communicate more effectively with health care professionals. The 2 free one hour sessions will be November 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. ET. For more information Click here.
  5. Help a family caregiver decorate their home for the holidays or offer to address envelopes for their holiday cards.
  6. Offer comic relief! Purchase tickets to a local comedy club, give a family caregiver your favorite funny movie to view, or provide them with a book on tape.
  7. Find 12 different family photos and have a copy center create a monthly calendar that the family caregiver can use to keep track of appointments and events.
  8. Offer to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a caregiving family in your community, so they can just relax and enjoy the holiday.
  9. Take a few minutes to write a letter encouraging your mayor, county executive, or governor to issue a local proclamation establishing November as National Family Caregivers Month. Contact information for state government officials can be found at www.firstgov.gov.
  10. Help a family caregiver find information and resources on the internet or to locate a local support group.

Do you know that family caregivers provided more than 306 billion dollars of caregiving services each year, helping chronically ill and disabled loved ones deal with life’s basic functions? Do you know that 78% of seniors that need care receive it from family members, over 80% of all homecare services are provided by family, and that businesses lose as much as 34 billion annually due to employees’ need to provide care for loved ones 50 years of age and older?

This is the perfect time for a story about family caregivers and the contribution they are making to our community. This story will speak to everyone because today the concerns of caregivers have moved from being a private family situation to a societal issue. Today policy makers, employers, insurers, and healthcare professionals are all addressing these issues.

Use humor with people around you — it will make you laugh and your spirit will bloom!

David 

 

 

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Friday October 31, 2008

 

 

Why do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

 

 

I know. I have a real soft spot in my heart for caregivers. Maybe I went overboard last night. I ended up sending 50+ emails to newspaper editors and government officials last night about November being the National Family Caregivers Month. I received an email today from Helene Moore part of which states, “word of mouth is potent, and my words are spreading, slowly but surely. So, maybe. Just maybe one of those emails will touch someone’s heart! I’ll see. But then I’ll never know but that’s OK too. Someone will have read the emails anyhow.

 

So, to all caregivers. There undoubtedly will come the time whenever I won’t be able to verbalize or to share this. While I have the wherewithal to do it, I give you my thanks and respect for all you do for your loved ones and friends. The energy you give, the sacrifices, the hurt and pain you sometimes go through, the joy and sorrow along with your own need to have rest and to be comforted just like anyone else. Your patience with me (and I speak on behalf of those who can’t) is appreciated. Pure and simple. I don’t know how else to say it.

 

Thank you, Pam. You are the best wife anyone could have. I am blessed that God gave you to me through the paths that we least expected. Please remember this in your moments of weakness and despair.

 

 

I finally started to make a few posts on the forums on the Lewy Body Dementia website. One of the forums is specifically designed for those of us who actually have LBD. So far, this forum is slow. But I’d like to see it be an avenue of support we can give to each other. Certain things will be easier to understand and to deal with after hearing it from another sufferer.

 

The source of most of our frustrations and anxiety are the result of living in the future, or in the past.

 

 

David

Thursday October 30, 2008

 

 

WHITE HOUSE Proclaims November As

National Family Caregivers Month 

 

 

 

October 2008National Family Caregivers Month, 2008  A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America.

Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness, because it is an acknowledgement of the difficulty of the situation at hand. Sometimes that is not always an easy thing to do; however, we owe it to ourselves and our families to really try. You will both be better off if you learn to:

 

  • Put guilt aside.
  • Overcome negative self talk and insecurities.
  • Ask for the help you need and accept help that is offered.
  • Recognize and accept that you have a RIGHT to time off.

 

It has been said, “It takes a village to raise a child,” the same holds true for family caregiving.  It is far too important of a job to go it alone. Reach out and ask for HELP!

 

National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month) — observed every November — is a nationally recognized month that seeks to draw attention to the many challenges facing family caregivers, advocate for stronger public policy to address family caregiving issues, and raise awareness about community programs that support family caregivers. It is a time to thank, support, educate, and advocate for the more than 50 million family caregivers across the country.

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Family Caregivers Month 2008


There are many ways to celebrate family caregivers and to take action and communicate the important messages of NFC Month. The following are ideas and guides to help you create a successful National Family Caregivers Month in your community:

  1. Offer a few hours of respite time to a family caregiver so they spend time with friends, or simply relax.
  2. Send a card of appreciation or a bouquet of flowers to brighten up a family caregiver’s day.
  3. Encourage local businesses to offer a free service for family caregivers through the month of November.
  4. Participate in the National Family Caregivers Association’s FREE national teleclass to learn how to communicate more effectively with health care professionals. The 2 free one hour sessions will be November 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. ET. For more information Click here.
  5. Help a family caregiver decorate their home for the holidays or offer to address envelopes for their holiday cards.
  6. Offer comic relief! Purchase tickets to a local comedy club, give a family caregiver your favorite funny movie to view, or provide them with a book on tape.
  7. Find 12 different family photos and have a copy center create a monthly calendar that the family caregiver can use to keep track of appointments and events.
  8. Offer to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a caregiving family in your community, so they can just relax and enjoy the holiday.
  9. Take a few minutes to write a letter encouraging your mayor, county executive, or governor to issue a local proclamation establishing November as National Family Caregivers Month. Contact information for state government officials can be found at www.firstgov.gov.
  10. Help a family caregiver find information and resources on the internet or to locate a local support group.

 
Do you know that family caregivers provided more than 306 billion dollars of caregiving services each year, helping chronically ill and disabled loved ones deal with life’s basic functions? Do you know that 78% of seniors that need care receive it from family members, over 80% of all homecare services are provided by family, and that businesses lose as much as 34 billion annually due to employees’ need to provide care for loved ones 50 years of age and older?

This is the perfect time for a story about family caregivers and the contribution they are making to our community. This story will speak to everyone because today the concerns of caregivers have moved from being a private family situation to a societal issue. Today policy makers, employers, insurers, and healthcare professionals are all addressing these issues.

I’m seriously considering contacting some of the local newspapers and television stations to remind them of NFC Month. Maybe they’ll run a story or at least an editorial. Let’s see what happens.

David

(and I cheated today. I took most of the information from the NFC website)

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