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January 18, 2018
National Family Caregivers Month has taken place every November since President Bill Clinton signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1997. Its purpose is to honor and recognize family caregivers, as well as raise awareness about issues affecting this population. The theme of the month this year is “Caregiving Around the Clock” because caring for a family member can be a 24-7 job.
At Meadowlark, there are many individuals caring for loved ones with memory loss, Parkinson’s, and other chronic conditions. Being a family caregiver can be a stressful and isolating experience, so it is important for family caregivers to take time for themselves and focus on their own health needs. The Caregiver Action Network lists the following tips for family caregivers:
The Meadowlark Memory Program and Parkinson’s Program offer support groups for family caregivers. Support groups provide caregivers the opportunity to network, learn about resources, and provide support for one another. Memory Care Partner Support Group meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Tranquility Room. Registration is not required, and the group is open to residents and community members.
Parkinson’s Care Partner Support group meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Living Room.
To learn more about National Family Caregiver Month, visit http://caregiveraction.org/national-family-caregivers-month.