November is National Family Caregivers Month

Prince George’s County Caregivers Program Providing Free Informational DVDs to Highlight Aging and Disability Resource Center

Camp Springs, MD - November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme, “Family Caregivers - Now More Than Ever,” highlights the increasing number of Americans ​caring for a loved one with a disability, chronic condition, or the frailties of old age. There are as many as 90 million family caregivers in the United States today.

  • In the U.S., 2 out of 5 adults are family caregivers.
  • 39% of all adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick or disabled – Up from 30% in 2010.
  • More than 15 million family caregivers are providing care to loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Men are now as likely as women to be caregivers (37% of men; 40% of women).
  • 36% of younger Americans between ages 18 and 29 are family caregivers (1 million young people care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s).
  • In addition, almost half of family caregivers perform complex medical/nursing tasks for their loved ones - such as managing multiple medications, providing wound care, and operating specialized medical equipment (Source: Caregiver Action Network).

“As a caregiver, I know that caring for an aging parent, spouse or close friend can be quite challenging,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “Special programs like the Caregivers Program are designed to provide the information and resources Caregivers need in order to provide the quality of life for the person they are caring for. We (Caregivers) have to take care of us, because we can't take care of our loved one if we're not taking care of ourselves."

The Prince George’s County Department of Family Services is recognizing National Family Caregivers Month by providing informational DVD’s and rack cards to local government agencies, community-based organizations, hospitals, physician offices, and the faith community. The 30-second DVD and rack cards highlight the local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and advises family caregivers where they can go for information to assist them with their caregiving needs. Over the last ten years, the Prince George’s County Caregivers Program has provided information, assistance, counseling and referral to more than 13,000 caregivers. The caregiving program provides services via telephone or walk-in, and appointments are also available. In addition, in-home visits are also an option if the caregiver is unable to visit the office.

“This month highlights and recognizes all that family caregivers contribute to their loved ones,” said Department of Family Services Acting Director, Theresa M. Grant. “It is a time to thank, support, educate, and empower family caregivers.”

For more information about Family Caregiving resources please call the local Aging and Disability Resource Center at 301-265-8450 or visit the website at Aginginprincegeorgescounty.com. If your organization is interested in receiving a DVD or rack cards please feel free to contact the Department of Family Services Aging Services Division at 301-265-8450.

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