As we continue to celebrate Older Americans Month in May, those individuals who care for older American family members or friends deserve special recognition.
Every day these individuals selflessly give of their time and energy to provide the most positive quality of life possible for their loved ones. Families, not social service agencies, nursing homes, or government programs, are the mainstay of long-term care for older persons in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging indicates that:
More than 22.4 million US households are serving in family care-giving roles for persons over 50. That number will increase rapidly as the population ages, and as medical science continues to extend life
One out of every four people is a caregiver for a family member or friend.
In the absence of a spouse who is able to provide care, a daughter or daughter-in-law is most likely to assume the role of caregiver.
Prolonged care giving can adversely affect the caregivers physical and psychological health
The majority of caregivers are 35-64 years old.
The contribution of Americas caregivers to our health care system is valued at $257 billion annually.
If you or someone you care about needs assistance, contact AoAs Eldercare Locator at 1 (800) 677-1116 or on the web at www.eldercare.gov.
The library has a number of books which may be helpful to those individuals who are caregivers for seniors. These books are available in a special display for Older Americans Month at the library.
Caring for an Aging Parent, Sheryl Carrett, editor
The Hard Questions for Adult Children and Their Aging Parents: 100 Essential Questions for Facing the Future Together with Courage and Compassion by Susan Piver
Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders by Mary Pipher
When Aging Parents Cant Live Alone: A Practical Family Guide by Ellen F. Rubenson
How to Say It to Senior: Closing the Communications Gap with Our Elders by David Solie
Crossroads at Midlife: Your Aging Parents, Your Emotions, & Yourself by Frances Cohen Praver
The Experts Guide to Eldercare: A Compassionate Planner for the Care of your Aging Parents by Stella Mora Henry with Ann Convery (on order)
How to Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris
Is Your Parent in Good Hands?: Protecting Your Aging Parent from Abuse by Edward Carnot
Learning to Speak Alzheimers: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease by Joanne Koenig Coste
Cherish the Day: Inspiration and Insight for Long-Distance Caregivers by Martha Evans Sparks
Focus on the Family: Complete Guide to Caring for Aged Loved Ones