More Millennials Becoming Caregivers; National Family Caregivers Month Recognizes, Supports Them

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            (PHOENIX, Ariz., Nov. 22, 2019): Millennials represent 1 in 4 family caregivers.  As important as their work is caring for loved ones, it’s equally important to pay attention to their care as well.

            National Family Caregivers Month puts a focus on recognizing the work being done by millennials and ensuring they know where to find the support they need.

            “Caring for an older adult can be as challenging as it is rewarding. In many cases, the family is the primary source of support for an older adult who is no longer able to care for themselves alone,” said Area Agency on Aging President and CEO Mary Lynn Kasunic.  “The responsibility can be demanding, not only on the family member’s time, but also on personal energy, resources and health.”

            A recent report by AARP showed that about 10 million Americans between 18 and 34, of all different backgrounds, are now caregivers for a family or a friend.  Three quarters of millennials are employed and more than half of those who are working have experienced at least one negative impact on their paid work as a result of that caregiving.

            “We need to be sure that caregivers of every age have the resources, tools and support to take care of their own health,” Kasunic said.

            The Area Agency on Aging’s Family Caregiver Support Program assesses and addresses the needs of family caregivers.  Support groups, caregiver trainings and respite opportunities are available.

            “There are ways that caregivers can care for themselves while caring for others,” Kasunic said. 

            Among tips for caregivers: 

• share feelings with others,

• get rest and make personal health a priority, 

• develop contingency plans, 

• learn about available resources, 

• accept help and 

• make time for leisure.

            For more information or for caregiver assistance or support, contact the Senior HELP LINE at 602-264-HELP (4357) or visit www.aaphx.org.

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