November is National Family Caregivers Month in New Jersey

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Carolyn Fennell, Caregiver; Dave Mollan, State President, AARP New Jersey

November is National Family Caregivers Month.

More than 1.7 million New Jerseyans 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 $13.2 billion annually. Carolyn has cared for her husband for years. She says…

FENNELL:  MY HUSBAND HAD CANCER OF THE JAW. I DID EVERYTHING I COULD DO TO TAKE CARE OF HIM AT HOME. WHICH INCLUDED WOUND CARE, PREPARING MEALS, MANAGING MEDICATIONS, SHOPPING AND DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS. IT WASN'T EASY AND AT TIMES IT WAS OVERWHELMING, BUT I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.

This week, A-A-R-P launched I Heart Caregivers to collect stories like Carolyn’s. AARP New Jersey state president Dave Mollan, says…

MOLLAN: OUR SILENT ARMY OF FAMILY CAREGIVERS HELPS SENIORS TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY, WITH DIGNITY, EACH AND EVERY DAY. WE WANT TO HONOR THESE UNSUNG HEROES – 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.

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