By Karen Best Wright, www.RaisingYourGrandchildren.com
Governor Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia has officially recognized November 2011 as Family Caregivers Month and brings this to the attention of all Virginia citizens. Recognition is given to all caregivers, whether care is provided for older relatives or seniors caring for their grandchildren. In Virginia, thousands of older adults are caregivers for 112,000 grandchildren. In Virginia, it is estimated that over the course of a caregiver's lifetime, the average financial loss is $304,000 due to lost wages, lost pension, and the negative impact of social security benefits.
I live in Virginia, so I appreciate the recognition given to Virginian caregivers by Governor McDonnell. If your state has a similar caregiver recognition month, please leave a comment.
Karen Best Wright, B.S. Holistic Health & Wellness Educator