Melissa Dever: November is National Family Caregiver Month – The Tribune

Melissa Dever: November is National Family Caregiver Month – The Tribune

Melissa Dever: November is National Family Caregiver Month

Published at 12:00 AM Monday, November 14, 2022

I love handwritten letters. They paint a picture of the author and the recipient.

While email and text are efficient and fast, they can’t compare to seeing the unique handwriting of a friend or family member on paper.

It’s hard to believe that there was a time when, in order to express ourselves to the other person who lived far away (and to keep phone bills down), we had to consciously sit down enough to collect our thoughts and put them on paper. Will happen.

National Family Caregiver Month is celebrated every year in November and it is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiver issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers.

Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) provides support to caregivers through the Caregiver Support Program, which is designed to assist caregivers about how their caregiver role affects their lives. and where to find resources and services to reduce it. caregiver stress.

Caregivers may care for an older adult, their disabled adult may care for a child, or the caregiver may be their grandchildren or grandparents caring for a non-relative child. Services include assessment, training, information and support, supplementary services, relief, as well as counseling.

This year, our agency launched a partnership with Trualta, an online platform for family caregivers that provides education through an individual’s computer or mobile device. Modules on the Trualta platform teach caregivers how to safely provide hands-on care, connect families with trusted support agencies, and provide information and video training from experienced professionals in a quick and easy format.

Some of the support featured on the Trualta platform includes topics such as personal care, safety and injury prevention, caring for a person with dementia, caregiver welfare, raising grandchildren of grandparents, brain health and music therapy. Lessons are available online through video, audio, printable pages, tip sheets and interactive e-learning.

To sign-up for free support, log on to or access AAA7’s website at and click on the “Trualta” ad on the main page. For more information, contact the AAA7 Caregiver Support Program at 1-800-582-7277 or email [email protected]

AAA7 would like to thank all the carers in the family for the selfless work you do every day. We encourage you to make caring for yourself a priority as a caregiver. If we can offer help and support for you or your loved one, please contact us.

Melissa Dever is the new executive director of the Area Agency on the Aging District.

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