November is National Caregivers Month
November is National Caregivers Month. Over 40 million Americans currently serve as caregivers for a parent, grandparent, spouse or friend. Caregiving is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week job, and they are always on call. It is a selfless act and can often be a struggle. November is National Caregivers Month in order to bring awareness to caregivers and help them receive recognition and important resources.
National Caregivers Month Is Personal
It can be hard to see a family member debilitated by an illness or disease and needing assistance. In fact, I know this personally because it happened to me. My father suffered from Alzheimer’s. Our family struggled greatly through this difficult time together. It took everything we had, but ultimately, made us stronger.
It happened again to my cousin Debbie Howard after her mother was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in 2007. Debbie ended up moving back from her work and life in Toyko, Japan to South Carolina where she grew up. She served as her mother’s live-in caregiver until the end of her life. Debbie channeled this experience and her knowledge of caregiving into a book that honors her mom.
Debbie’s mother passed away 10 years ago in November which is why the book being published in November is so special. The book launch is taking place as part of this year’s Third Annual Caregiving Conference in Chicago on November 9-10. Debbie will also be leading four, hour-long workshops during the conference. These workshops range from Caregiving Afar to Relaunching a Career When Caregiving is Done.
It takes a special kind of person to be a caregiver. People like Debbie who take on this difficult task make the world of difference to the lives of many. We hope her book will help those taking on the caregiving of a loved one and fill them with guidance when they feel lost.
For the next 5 days, Debbie is offering a FREE download of the Kindle version of her book. We thought we would pass it along to you, and hope you will share it with any caregivers you know. A print version of Debbie’s book will be available on Amazon soon. If you or someone you know is in need of more resources, Debbie’s blog is filled with valuable insights and advice. You can subscribe to her blog HERE.
About the Author:
Linking her 30+years as a professional market analyst with her personal experience as a live-in caregiver for her Mom, Debbie Howard has integrated her experiences – along with the journeys of over 200 other caregivers – into this book to help you choose your best way forward. Learn more here.