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VA Caregivers: Caring For Those Who Care

Family Caregiver Luncheon at Morgan’s Wonderland

Social Workers Ronda Anderson and Walter Calvo help get the word out to local caregivers at the Family Caregiver Luncheon at Morgan’s Wonderland. Photo by Robin Risemas, Office of Public Affairs

By Robin Risemas, South Texas VAHCS, Office of Public Affairs
Monday, November 8, 2010

A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP found that 44.4 million Americans age 18 or older are providing unpaid care to an adult.  If society had to pay for that care, it would cost approximately $257 billion per year.

November is National Family Caregiver Month, decreed by President Barack Obama on October 29, 2010.  President Obama said “During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor the millions of Americans who give endlessly of themselves to provide for the health and well-being of a beloved family member. Through their countless hours of service to their family and communities, they are a shining example of our Nation’s great capacity to care for each other.”

The South Texas Veterans Health Care System recognizes the need to take care of those who take care of our Veterans.  At a community event, Social Workers Ronda Anderson and Walter Calvo (pictured above) distributed information and made contact with many of those caregivers. The event was well attended and provided, not only information but, stress relief activities for the caregivers in attendance.

There was free food, massages, dancing, door prizes and many other activities and the appreciation was palatable. For one set of caregivers, it was a chance to meet other caregivers and learn about just a few of the options available to them.

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