November is National Family Caregivers Month in the Virgin Islands

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Denyce Singleton, Caregiver; Archie Jennings, State President, AARP Virgin Islands

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 says…

[DENYCE SINGLETON]: MY MOTHER HAD ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. I DID EVERYTHING I COULD TO HELP HER STAY AT HOME – BATHING, DRESSING AND MANAGING HER MEDICATIONS. IT WASN’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 Denyce’s. AARP Virgin Islands State President Archie Jennings says…

[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 – 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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