By Sona Mehring
At the end of the year, we usually take time to look back and reflect on what we’re thankful for. But I think any time of year is a good time to thank, support, educate, and advocate for the more than 65 million family caregivers in the United States.
The National Family Caregivers Association encourages family caregivers to take four steps every day to act on behalf of themselves and their loved ones, and to remove barriers to health and well being:
- Believe in yourself.
- Protect your health.
- Reach out for help.
- Speak up for your rights.
Many family caregivers are uncomfortable thinking of themselves as caregivers and don’t expect any kind of acknowledgement for their work. But I think it’s important to take the time to let them know that their work is appreciated.
How do you thank the caregivers in your life?
Sona Mehring is the founder and CEO of CaringBridge, a nonprofit offering many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event. CaringBridge offers personal Sites, a SupportPlanner and an online volunteer community, the Amplifier Hub. Follow Sona on Twitter – @gogosona.