There are approximately 40 million unpaid family caregivers in America assisting with medical and physical care, providing companionship, housework, home repairs, and running errands for a friend or family member. Very often they are juggling these responsibilities with jobs of their own and raising a family.
With little time to care for themselves, a caregiver’s health often declines. Especially difficult is the emotional stress that comes when caring for those with chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Family caregivers run a high risk for depression.
One way we can help the family caregiver is through respite time off. As an empty-nester looking for a positive way to contribute to my community, I have been able to volunteer through Legacy Corps.
Each week I provide respite for a daughter (caregiver) by spending time with her mother. We go to the park, out to lunch or just visit, while her daughter takes time for herself. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know and become a part of these families, as well as work with the very supportive Legacy Corps team.
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If you are interested in serving family caregivers in your community, please contact Legacy Corps.
Cheryl Ruesch, Boise