Written by Jenna Santiago, Care Connections Coordinator
Caregivers play such a vital role in providing for those in need. These individuals are crucial to someone who has an illness, injury, or disability. We look upon a caregiver to not only provide physical care, but mental and emotional support alike. They assist you with your daily living activities, bring you to your doctor’s appointments, and stop at the pharmacy on the way home to ensure you have your medications. They step in and care of us when we can no longer care for ourselves. November is National Family Caregivers Month, so why not take a quick moment to honor a caregiver?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease affects more than 200,000 Americans under the age of 65, and is the most common cause of dementia. There is no current cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are treatments for the symptoms. As we can imagine, the loss of our memories or not being able to think for ourselves can be devastating. When we forget how to cook ourselves a meal or find a glass of water, our caregivers step in and reaffirm that we are not forgotten.
We are so hectic in our day-to-day life that we don’t always take a moment to say “thank you.” Gratitude is such a powerful expression of the heart. Saying a kind word is often the quickest and simplest form of gratitude. In this month dedicated to thanksgiving, Let’s take a moment to really give thanks to those who take pride in caring for someone else.
For more information on Alzheimer's Disease, visit alz.org.