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Veterans Day: A Time for Caring and Giving Thanks

Today we honor the American veterans who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the freedoms we sometimes take for granted are maintained and secured. We thank them for placing their lives on the line, asking for nothing in return. We also thank those who care for our veterans when they return from duty in need of physical and emotional care.

Being a caregiver can be overwhelming and daunting, especially when it happens all of a sudden and you are not fully prepared for a caregiver’s journey. Becoming a caregiver can be like becoming a new parent: You hear other people’s stories, read lots of how-to manuals, attend workshops and seminars, but you truly don’t know unless you experience it.

In support and recognition of the 43.5 million family caregivers in the U.S., AARP is hosting a free Virtual Caregiving Fair on Nov. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. ET. The fair will feature opportunities for caregivers to connect with other caregivers and professionals and gain valuable information on health, finances and legal matters. You can even find services through the Eldercare Locator.

During this online event, caregivers will not only gain access to resources but will have the opportunity to hear from financial expert Jean Chatzky and Chris Gardner, author of The Pursuit of Happyness. Check out the Mix and Mingle Lounge, where there will be live chats on topics such as financial management for caregivers, and AARP caregiving expert Amy Goyer will answer questions about caregiving and how to balance work and life. You will also have the opportunity to talk with representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and others.

You can access the fair from the comfort of your home — all you need is a computer and a network connection. Registration is free. Sign up at  and share this opportunity with family, friends and especially other caregivers. Also, check out AARP’s Prepare to Care planning guide for families and to learn more about what AARP is doing to assist veterans.

AARP helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for and equips Americans 50 and older to live their best lives. Discover all the ways AARP can help you, your family and your community at AARP. 

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