November is National Family Caregivers Month.
42 million Americans 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 $450 billion annually. Denyce cared for her mother for over 20 years. She saysâ€¦
[DENYCE SINGLETON]: MY MOTHER HAD ALZHEIMERâ€™S DISEASE. I DID EVERYTHING I COULD TO HELP HER STAY AT HOME â€“ BATHING, DRESSING AND MANAGING HER MEDICATIONS. IT WASNâ€™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 Denyceâ€™s. AARP Virgin Islands State President Archie Jennings saysâ€¦
[ARCHIE JENNINGS]: 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.