Health Minute: National Family Caregiver Month

Nov 3, 2020

You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

November is National Family Caregiver Month.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, most family caregivers have a job in addition to assisting their family member. Over 50% of family caregivers are women and more than one million family caregivers are between the ages of 8 and 18.  Caregivers can struggle with feelings of inadequacy, compassion fatigue or burnout, depression, and lack of community support.

Financial and support resources are available for caregivers. There is specialty information for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cancer, and people with disabilities.

To access these resources, visit the National Alliance for Caregiving at caregiving.org.

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I’m Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.