National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November -- is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country.
As you know, for your loved one with an intellectual and developmental disability most care occurs in the home by an unpaid family member. In fact, two out of every five adults are family caregivers. However, the first rule of taking care of others is to take care of yourself first. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it is also physically and emotionally demanding. The stress of dealing with caregiving responsibilities leads to a higher risk of health issues among the Nation’s 90 million family caregivers. So as a family caregiver, remember to pay attention to your own physical and mental wellness, and to get proper rest and nutrition. Only by taking care of yourself can you be strong enough to take care of your loved one. You really do need to “take care to give care!”
To build awareness around the important role family caregivers play in the lives of their loved ones with intellectual or developmental disabilities, The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute will talk with members of New Jersey’s Legislature at the State House later this month. Keep a look out for photos after the event.
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