Surviving Caregiving

You Deserve Year-Round Recognition

Last updated: Dec 31, 2013

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So the Season has ended -- by which I mean caregivers' moment in the national spotlight. November was National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. At the same time, the holidays ushered in their annual news stories of how to help the aging and those who help them.

But what about after the flurry of on-topic articles wanes, after your turkey leftovers are gone and your cookie tins lay empty?

Imagine if the President were to fire up some new proclamations for 2014. Imagine us all celebrating the following year of caregiver-centric events:

January: Post-Holiday Blues Awareness Month and Caregiver Personal Health Preparedness Month

February: Hug a Caregiver Month (to be celebrated with chocolate and flowers)

March: March on Washington for Better Palliative Care Benefits

April: No Fooling Day (when families and friends stop making excuses for giving help and actually follow through)

May: Take a Caregiver to Dinner Month

June: Adopt-a-Care-Receiver Month (so the caregiver can go on holiday)

July: International No Guilt Trips Month

August: Life-Before-the-Big-Uh-Oh Remembrance Day

September: 24/7 Labor Day, honoring those who don't get weekends off

October: Supportive Shoulders for Boo Hoo-ing Caregivers Month

November: National Family Caregivers Month and Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month -- yes, worth keeping in the rotation

December: Buy a Friend Some Merry Little Respite Care Month

Which is your favorite? Or care to nominate another? Here's wishing you a great Caregiver Personal Health Preparedness Month -- and a happy new year of grace and loving kindness, for both yourself and the person(s) in your care.