The Thanks Project and Caregivers Honor Father's Day #ThanksProject

Each year during Father's Day I send my dad a message of well wishes for this year and more. It's always my hope my Father lives well each year. But the reality is that any year something could happen and since I'm the eldest child I would be first to offer to care for my dad.

The Thanks Project and Caregivers Honor Father's Day

My dad has always looked out for me and been a part of my life. So I'm more then willing to be there for him in case he needs care of any sort. Matter of fact being a caregiver to a older parent is something many adult children are making the choice to do.

Across the country 42 million people, primarily women, between the ages 40 – 60 are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older loved ones each and every day. Taking care of an older parent can mean anything from handling their bills, to helping them with meals, to driving them to appointments, and more.

While it's good to care for our parents, juggling all of those roles can be tough. New research from AARP suggests that care giving can take a tremendous toll on a caregiver’s personal health and general well being.

To help the Ad Council’s Caregiver Assistance campaign with AARP aims to connect caregivers to resources, tools and experts at www.aarp.org/caregiving

Also in connection with Father’s Day, you can also visit The Thanks Project, an online site that allows caregivers to publically recognize the parents they care for. Each individual ‘thanks’ will be integrated into the interactive tapestry, representing the 42 million caregivers in the US.

Being a caregivers isn't easy but it can be rewarding. Everyone of you deserve to be recognized for the important work that you do!

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6 comments:

  1. My dad has been gone for 10 years now, but my mother lives with me and my 2 girls. I'm a single mom and being part of the sandwich generation is tough sometimes.

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  2. This is very cool! Thanks for the great information!

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  3. For some., it is simply too expensive to send their parents to a home. I'm glad you are bringing attention to this!~

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  4. My Mom at 91 is still able to live alone in her apartment. However, I do have to drive her to doctor appts (note here she actually still drives and will if I don't do it!) and food shopping and any other errands that need being done. I am very lucky that she is in as good a shape as she is and don't mind one bit driving all over town and beyond!

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  5. My father-in-law is 73 with Parkinson's, and at some point in the coming years we expect to come to the point of needing to care for him full time. Thank you for the resources!

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  6. My dad was told he only had up to 6 months to live. It has now been 1 1/2 yrs. He has told us he doesn't want to be a burden on us. We told him he could never be a burden. He right now is still doing everything for himself but we will have to come to burn that bridge soon I believe. Thanks for information.

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