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AARP Raises Awareness, Offers New Resources for Caregivers

Amy Goyer outlines AARP's Caregiving Awareness Campaign, virtual caregiving fair, new book and more.I’m excited about AARP’s current caregiving awareness campaign, to recognize and support America’s 40 million family caregivers. The campaign coincides with November’s National Family Caregivers Month.

As a caregiver, I’m especially happy to be a part of this effort. I recently appeared on NBC’s Today show, and you can look for me on The Doctors this month as well as on other national and local television programs. Many AARP state offices are organizing events, and I’ll be speaking at several of them.

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Here are some of the caregiver-focused activities AARP has underway.

Telling caregivers’ stories:

Offering new resources and support:

Encouraging acts of kindness for caregivers:
I can personally tell you that even small acts of kindness can make a huge difference in a caregiver’s life. In one of my recent blog posts, I tell a story of unexpected kindness shown to me that completely changed my outlook. To foster more support for family caregivers, AARP has launched the Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers Contest, which encourages people to help the unpaid caregivers in their lives as well as those they see in the community. Submit your photos, videos and stories at www.aarp.org/caregiverkindness and share on social media using #BeKindToCaregivers. You can submit once a week, and when the contest ends in March, AARP will select 12 people who’ve made a meaningful difference in a caregiver’s life to split a $10,000 cash prize. I hope this effort shows people the many ways they can help lighten our load.

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Amy Goyer is AARP’s family, caregiving and multigenerational issues expert; she spends most of her time in Phoenix, where she is caregiving for her dad, who lives with her. She is the author of AARP’s Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving. Follow Amy on Twitter @amygoyer and on Facebook.

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