November is National Family Caregivers Month

November has been named National Family Caregiver month. What is a family caregiver? A family caregiver is often an adult child helping an aging parent, or a spouse caring for a partner.  Assistance can be anything from driving to and from appointments, helping with chores like cleaning, cooking, and finances, to more complex medical attention.

According to a 2015 study by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than a third of caregivers were ages 50 to 64, about a quarter were 35 to 49, and perhaps most surprising, 7 percent of family caregivers were age 75 or older, That percentage is on the rise, and many times the care recipient is a spouse with dementia or heart disease needing a high level of care.

It is important for caregivers to understand how necessary it is to not forget about ourselves as we give so much to others.  Read below for 10 ways family caregivers can reduce stress and be the best we can be.