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Caregiver Appreciation Day
Cultural
I appreciate you!

When: March 1st

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Remember, respect and honor the elderly.  If you have a caregiver or have a loved one that is currently being taken care of, reach out to them and let them know how much your appreciate the care they have been providing.

Numbers

Approximately 5-7 million caregivers in the U.S. are long-distance caregivers. According to the National Council on Aging.

Description

A caregiver or an informal caregiver is defined as an unpaid individual involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks. At some time in all of our lives we will each require the assistance and care of another.  If you become ill and need to stay in a hospital or go through a rehabilitation process, caregivers are there to help and assist us to a healthy recovery or maintain a certain quality of life.  As people get older, more health issues arise and often cause people to not be able to take care of themselves as they once did.  There continues to be a rise in the number of caregivers that go to private homes and offer care in this manner rather than the care received in a senior housing facility or other institutions.  Most people prefer to stay in their own home for as long as they can, but often their children or relatives move away or the persons health is such where at home assistance is required by someone.  It takes a special person with a big heart and much patience to be considered a good caregiver.  Thankfully in the United States and around the world there are many people that have decided to make a career of providing care to others.  
 

Interesting Facts

  1. There is approximately 43.5 million caregivers providing unpaid care to an adult or child in the last year. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.
  2. The impact of volunteer caregiving for those with Alzheimer's has a huge economic value of the care provided by unpaid caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias and totals over $217 billion. According the the Alzheimer's Association.
  3. The majority of caregivers (82%) care for one other adult, while 15% care for 2 adults, and 3% for 3 or more adults.  According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.
  4. Upwards of 75% of all caregivers are female, and may spend as much as 50% more time providing care than males.  According to the Institute on Aging.
  5. The average age of a caregiver is 49 years old
     

Information

Observed:
  • March 1st
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