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Letter: Taking care of caregivers

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

“Respite: Care for Caregivers” is the theme for National Family Caregivers Month, November 2015. As a provider of services, Bay Aging staff understands how important it is for caregivers to take good care of themselves so they may continue their mission of giving that loving care that only they can provide.

The National Family Caregivers Association estimates that there are 90 million family caregivers in this country who fulfill a vital role in providing care that greatly improves the quality of life for their loved ones. Some caregivers spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care, with many others caring for their loved ones around the clock. Considering caregivers’ increased risk for health issues from chronic stress it is important for families to give their caregivers time to recharge.

Families should also know that there are respite services available to help strengthen the family, prevent burnout and can enable a care recipi...

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