There are an estimated 40 million caregivers in the U.S. We are the voluntary workforce taking care of our aging population, and we are mostly invisible.
That was, until these last couple of days, when actor Rob Lowe wrote a heartfelt personal article in Sunday’s “USA Today” about his experience caregiving. And then, this morning’s “Today Show” on NBC did a segment on caregiver stress as well (video embedded below). How astounding to actually feel seen, if only for a moment.
Being a caregiver can be deeply isolating and very challenging, even in the best of circumstances. The role is one beyond just healthcare. There’s constant worry mixed with meal preparation, errands, endless paperwork, advocating with insurance, maintaining a safe home environment, and so much more. It’s not an easy job, and I wouldn’t trade a moment with my amazing Mama.
Today’s #OneGoodThing was the world taking notice and caring about caregivers! Bonus good thing is that today is Day 1111 in a row! Woohoo! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments!
1 year ago today: Really great news
2 years ago today: My ladybug Buzzy buddy
3 years ago today: More family is always a good thing