The slogan for this year’s Family Caregiver’s Month is “Family Caregivers – Now More Than Ever!” November celebrates the 90 million family caregivers in North America that are looking after the safety and well-being of an aging loved one.
Did you know that two out of every five adults are family caregivers, which is up almost 10% from 2010? If you are an adult child caring for Mom, Dad or an aging loved one, here are other shocking statistics about family caregiving according to the Caregiver Action Network:
- A family caregiver spends an average of 20 hours a week providing care.
13% of those caregivers put in double that amount, enough hours for a full time job.
- 15+ million family members provide specialty Alzheimer’s care to aging loved ones.
- 63% of family caregivers report having poor eating habits.
- 58% of family caregivers claim to have worse exercise habits than before.
- More than 1 in 10 family caregivers say the role caused their own health to deteriorate.
- Caregiver stress can take as much as 10 years off of a family caregiver’s life.
- 40% to 70% of family caregivers show serious signs of depression.
While caregiving can be a rewarding experience that provides an unparalleled sense of joy, after looking at the above statistics, it is clear that having an extra helping hand, even just for a few hours, could possibly prevent caregiver stress, depression and other health related problems.
At Home Care Assistance of Vancouver, we believe family caregivers should be recognized for their devotion, bravery and strength throughout the year, but we want to take the month of November to acknowledge them publically, showing them that they are not in this journey alone. So in honor of Family Caregiver Month, let a compassionate, reliable and professional home caregiver take on your caregiving responsibilities and household chores, providing respite so you can relax, recuperate and unwind with friends and family.
During Family Caregiver Month, Home Care Assistance of Vancouver will also be hosting a public webinar which will focus on how to balance the roles of caregiver and family member to ensure optimal support is provided. Part of our Healthy Longevity Series, the webinar will be held on Friday, November 15th at 11am Pacific, 2 pm Eastern, and will be led by Barbara Kivowitzand and Roanne Weisman, co-authors of the book “In Sickness As In Health: Helping Couples Cope with the Complexities of Illness.”