November is National Family Caregivers Month

November 21, 2023

November is National Family Caregivers Month. We gratefully honor those who tirelessly and selflessly give their devotion and energy to their family members who need care, especially those who are caring for someone living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

Each year, more than 11 million family members and friends in the U.S. provide an estimated 18 billion hours of unpaid care, both in person and virtually, to those with Alzheimer's and other dementia. Their commitment is driven by love, their sense of duty and necessity of the situation. In 2022, this type of care had an estimated economic value of $340 billion.

I want to take a moment to thank caregivers everywhere for making such an incredible impact on the lives of those living with Alzheimer's.

The challenges of being a caregiver can be even greater during the holidays. The holidays are often filled with opportunities for family togetherness, sharing and laughter. But they can also bring stress, disappointment and sadness.

At the Alzheimer's Association, we want caregivers to know they're not alone. We are here to help.

For caregivers, and for all who are facing Alzheimer's or another dementia, we offer:

• Our free 24/7 helpline (800-272-3900), staffed by master's-level clinicians who provide confidential support to people living with Alzheimer's and their families

• ALZNavigator, an online tool which offers caregivers the guidance and information they need to keep themselves strong and healthy, both physically and emotionally

• Educational programs and support groups, allowing caregivers to connect with a network of support anytime they need it.

If you know an Alzheimer's caregiver and you are able to help in any way – perhaps, with a few hours of relief, a coffee break, or even a card – please reach out. Your words of kindness could mean so much, especially during the holidays.

If you are wondering how to offer meaningful support for caregivers in your life, I strongly encourage you to watch our ALZ Talks video "Caring for Caregivers," in which we talk with two caregivers who share their personal experiences, lessons learned and the challenges they've faced. I hope you find it both informative and inspiring.

Thank you for all you do to help drive our mission to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

Thank you, again. And happy holiday season to you.

Kristen Clifford is the chief program officer at the Alzheimer’s Association.
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