November is National Family Caregivers Month, a campaign to bring attention to the crucial but often underestimated role of family caregivers who shoulder the responsibility of caring for their loved ones. As the primary source of support for older adults and individuals with disabilities, more than 53 million family caregivers provide unpaid care in America, with an astonishing economic value exceeding $600 billion. These staggering statistics underscore the significance of National Family Caregivers Month as a dedicated time to acknowledge and honor the tireless efforts of these caregivers, who contribute significantly to their communities.
Detroit Public Television’s “American Black Journal” explores the critical needs of individuals who care for loved ones. In this episode, host Stephen Henderson talks with Julie Lowenthal, coordinator of volunteer and caregiver services at the local Area Agency on Aging 1-B about the importance of support services and resources for family caregivers who aren’t paid for, what they do and often neglect their own health and well-being while caring for others.
They also discussed the demanding nature of caregiving, which often leads caregivers to inadvertently neglect their own health and well-being. Plus, they explore prospective legislative policies that could ease the burdens faced by family caregivers.