November is National Family Caregivers Month in Texas

Audio: 
Kristin Mitchem, Caregiver; Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President, AARP

November is National Family Caregivers Month.

More than 3.4 million Texans 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 $34 billion annually.  Kristin has cared for her father for several years. She says...

[KRISTIN MITCHEM]: MY FATHER HAS A MALIGNANT BRAIN TUMOR. I DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO HELP HIM STAY AT HOME – CLEANING HIS FEEDING TUBE, GIVING INJECTIONS, flushing his pic line and administering medicine. It isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This week, A-A-R-P launched I Heart Caregivers to collect stories like Kristin’s. AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond says…

[NANCY LEAMOND]: 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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