President Ronald Reagan first declared November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in 1983. During that time, under 2 million people were diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Today, that number has increased to are about 5.4 million people.
November 2016 is indubitably a high profile month in our industry. Not only is November kicking off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, but it also National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer's Awareness Month.
National Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Alzheimer's Disease is always difficult, but add the emotion of a loved one to that of a loved one being a caregiver and it compounds. This month, Alzheimer's Association is paying tribute to caregivers. You can share your story HERE.
National Family Caregivers Month (NFC) is a time set aside to recognize and honor those in our lives who are sacrificing their time, their energy and their resources to care for a loved one, friend or client who needs help. President William "Bill" Clinton signed a Presidential Proclamation in 1997 designating that November as NFC Month. Since then, each subsequent president has annually signed a Presidential Proclamation in recognition of NFC Month.
National Family Caregivers Month
When we run on empty, when we're burning out, it affects us, our families and those in our care. As caregivers, we need to take care of ourselves so we can give the best of ourselves for those we are caring for. How can we do this? Take time for yourself, journal, exercise, eat right, do breathing exercises. It's in the little things.
This month, we at Golden Horizons want to honor all family caregivers out there, and we honor our own caregivers. Without you, the company would not be able to provide such quality, personalized care. You are a testament to us and our clients.