NOTRE-DAME, Ind., November 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – More than 69 million Americans are caring for a loved one, of which about 10 million are millennials who also work. Families are the primary source of support for seniors and people with disabilities in the United States.
November is National Family Caregiver Month, a time to honor those who provide care to family members and to recognize the importance of caregiver well-being. Debra Kelsey Davis and Kelly johnson, co-founders of Nourish for Caregivers and authors of The caregiver’s companion, are available to talk about what we can do to support caregivers.
“Especially now, caregivers are facing considerable stress and exhaustion, high levels of frustration and anger, and physical and mental health issues,” Johnson said. “Faith is a way to build resilience and help caregivers cope as they accompany and care for a family member. “
“Caregivers are heroes. November is a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness of the many and varied responsibilities that family caregivers have, ”said Kelsey-Davis. “This year, we recognize caregivers with the theme, High: Come to me all you who are tired. (Mt 11:28) This passage of Scripture illustrates the hope and encouragement of faith. By relying on faith, caregivers are uplifted and empowered as they can see the graces and gifts found in the intimate journey of caring for another. “
Throughout November, National Family Caregiver Month, Nourish for Caregivers offers additional tools and resources for caregivers. “We want to continue to empower them in their care journey by defending them, raising awareness of the problems related to the provision of care and reinforcing the importance of faith in building resilience and the ability to cope”, Johnson said.
“Earlier this year, the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) Family Care Advisory Board, with support from the Department of Health and Human Services, presented an initial report on how … support our nation’s family caregivers, and we will continue to work to provide that support, ”President Biden noted in the 2021 presidential proclamation. Nourish for Caregivers has been invited to provide commentary on this critical topic because of his programs unique and innovative that support caregivers in religious communities across the country.
Feeding for caregivers equip faith communities to meet the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of family caregivers.
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