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Caregiving Around the Clock

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and this year's theme is Caregiving Around the Clock. Most people don't realize how much work goes into caregiving. A National report last year found that Americans caring for aging or disabled family members spend enough time administering to them to equal two full-time jobs. In many cases, that's in addition to holding down a regular job.

National Family Caregivers Month highlights the many unnoticed responsibilities taken on by family caregivers at all hours of the day.

  • Dealing with medical professionals
  • Preparing meals
  • Managing medication
  • Planning transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Performing nursing tasks
  • Taking care of others' hygiene

It's no wonder family caregivers report having higher stress levels, depression, isolation and financial losses than their non-caregiving counterparts. The Wilder Foundation offers advice and support to caregivers through its Caregiver Resource Center. Minnesota is a leader on this front with the implementation of the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433, which helps channel seniors and their caregivers to resources in the community. The Senior LinkAge Line® is a service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and six Area Agencies on Aging.