Focus on caregivers

Holding hands credit Royalty Free CORBISCaregivers are people who take care of others who are unable to care for themselves. There are professional caregivers as well as family caregivers. Family caregivers may be adult children, grandchildren, spouses, partners, friends, grandparents or other family member.

A caregiver's "job" is a 24/7, selfless, usually unpaid, often tiring, sometimes confusing role. Often, one doesn't ask to be a caregiver of one's parent or grandparent. It just happens.

This week, September 12 - 16, 2011, we dedicated to providing tips and stories about caregivers to help those who are caregivers and those who may become caregivers.

As stressful as caregiving may be, it's important to know that you are not alone. There are many resources to support you.

In the caregiver's toolkit

Short articles for caregivers:

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Caregiving for a loved one with an illness (9-15-11)

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