TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services joins the Caregiver Action Network in Washington, DC, and other states across the country to say thank you to the more than 90 million Americans caring for a loved one with a chronic medical condition, disability, special need or the everyday trials of aging.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. Statistics show almost half of family caregivers perform complex medical/nursing tasks for their loved ones, like managing multiple medications, providing wound care and operating specialized medical equipment. With the number of family caregivers growing every year, it’s more important than ever to recognize the vital role that family caregivers play:
- More than 15 million family caregivers provide care to more than 5 million loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease
- The number of parents caring for children with special needs is increasing due to the rise in cases of many childhood conditions
- As many as 1 million Americans are caring in their homes for service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are suffering from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other wounds and illnesses
- Men are now almost as likely to say they are family caregivers as women (37 percent of men; 40 percent of women)
- Thirty-six percent of younger Americans between ages 18 and 29 are family caregivers as well, including 1 million young people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s
For more information about National Family Caregivers Month, visit www.caregiveraction.org.