November is National Family Caregivers Month.
More than 300 thousand Nebraskans care for aging parents and spouses who want to stay at home, instead of costly institutions. These family caregivers provide unpaid services valued at about $2.2 billion annually. Teresa has cared for her husband for 15 years. She saysâ€¦
THOMPSON: MY HUSBAND HAS A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. I DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO HELP HIM STAY AT HOME â€“ TAKE HIM TO DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS; MONITOR HIS MEDICATIONS; AND MANAGE EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSEHOLD FROM FINANCES TO TRANSPORTATION. IT ISNâ€™T EASY, BUT I WOULDNâ€™T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.
This week, A-A-R-P launched I Heart Caregivers to collect stories like Teresaâ€™s. AARP Nebraska State President Bob Eppler saysâ€¦
EPPLER: OUR SILENT ARMY OF FAMILY CAREGIVERS HELPS SENIORS TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY, WITH DIGNITY, EACH AND EVERY DAY. WE WANT TO HONOR THESE UNSUNG HEROES â€“ WHILE AT THE SAME TIME FIGHT TO GET THEM MORE SUPPORT, TRAINING, HELP AT HOME.
For more go to A-A-R-P dot org slash I Heart Caregivers.