November is National Family Caregivers Month. It is a time to celebrate family caregivers; a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers.
According to the AARP Research Report 2015 Report Caregivers in the U.S. an estimated 43.5 million adults in the United States have provided unpaid care to an adult or a child in the prior 12 months. Approximately 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the prior 12 months. Sixty percent of caregivers are female. Caregivers are 49 years of age on average. Nearly 1 in 10 caregivers is 75 years of age or older. On average, caregivers spend 24.4 hours a week providing care to their loved one. Nearly one-quarter provide 41 or more hours of care a week.
Please join us to learn about local support services and to honor the caregivers in Linn and Benton counties at the eighth annual Family Caregiver Appreciation Day to be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 9. The event is free and will be held at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall located at 1115 28th Avenue SW in Albany at the corner of Umatilla. Doors open and coffee will be served at 10:30.
Everyone interested in the needs of family caregivers should plan to attend. This year the first 30 attendees will receive a gift and everyone will be entered for a number of prize drawings. Attendees can also expect to enjoy chair massages and lunch.
Representatives from over 15 local agencies that offer support and resources for caregivers will be present to provide information and to answer questions.
The guest speaker is Joyce Beedle, RN, BSN. She is the President of Alzheimer’s Consulting Services and the author of The Carebook: A Workbook for Caregiver Peace of Mind. In the morning session Joyce will speak on “Caregiver Peace of Mind: "What IF I'm not there? – Spooky to contemplate. Powerful when addressed.” Her after-lunch session is titled “Solution-Seeking: New ideas for your caregiving Dilemmas – What to do When Nothing Works!” Joyce loves helping families with what to do when nothing else seems to work.
For more information call Deb Scobie, Senior & Disability Services at 541-924-8478 or Laurie Russell, Benton Hospice Service at 541-757-9616.