It takes some people a long time to realize they are a caregiver, and sometimes even longer to “admit” that they are a caregiver. If this sounds like you, you are not alone.
There are over 34 million Americans caring for an aging loved one right now.
According to the National Family Caregivers Association:
Over 90% of family caregivers become more proactive about seeking resources and skills they need to assist their care recipient after they have self-identified.
83% of self-identified family caregivers believe their self-awareness led to increased confidence when talking to healthcare professionals about their loved one's care.
For over 75% of family caregivers, it was the act of helping their loved one with personal care that contributed to their self-identification.
I’m going to say it again. Caregiver is NOT a dirty word.
Self-identify yourself as a caregiver and get the support you need today.