I can't imagine where I would be without the love, nurturing and guidance from my parents. They raised me, and thanks to them, I am proud of the person I am today. I look back on my life, and remember all of the times they took care of me when I was sick and provided for me when I needed resources. I know there will come a point when the tables will turn and they will need me. There is nothing I would not do to take care of them and provide for them in return!
In the US, 42 million people between the ages 40 – 60 are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older loved ones, day in and day out. Just as I would do anything to take care of the wonderful parents who took care of me, these caregivers do not see this as a responsibility, but an honor. And because of this, they may not realize that they have taken on the role of caregivers.
As we just celebrated Mother's Day and Father's Day is just around the corner, I am happily partnering with the AARP to raise awareness about the The Thanks Project.This awesome online platform gives caregivers the opportunity to publicly recognize the parents/loved ones whom they care for. Each individual ‘thanks’ will be woven into an interactive tapestry, representing the 42 million caregivers that live in the United States.
This is the perfect season to recognize the parents who raised you and to remind you why care giving is worth it.
Are you curently playing the role of caregiver for your loved ones? The AARP has many great resources for you. Here are just a sample of the resources available:
Who are the caregivers you want to celebrate during this season?