National Family Caregivers Month CEO of the Caregiver Action Network Discusses the Importance of Family Caregivers, New Initiatives to Raise Awareness, and Tips on Navigating ‘Caregiving in Crisis’
National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. Caregiver Action Network (CAN), the nation’s leading family caregiver organization, selects each year’s theme for National Family Caregivers Month and spearheads the celebration of National Family Caregivers Month nationally. Recently, John Schall, Chief Executive Officer of the Caregiver Action Network, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss National Family Caregivers Month and the importance of honoring those caring for a loved one.
For National Family Caregivers Month 2021, the #CaregiverAnd Campaign encourages family caregivers to celebrate the identities and passions that enrich their lives. This digital campaign will highlight the other roles, activities, and passions that make up the lives of family caregivers. #CaregiverAnd will also raise awareness of family caregivers as people realize that their daughter’s piano teacher may be caring for her husband with lung cancer, or the mail carrier they see every day may be caring for his dad with Alzheimer’s.
Far too often the role of family caregiver overshadows the identity of those caring for their loved ones. As family caregivers juggle their many responsibilities, they may lose sight of who they are beyond the caregiver role. As you focus all your attention on caring for your mom with leukemia, the fact that you’re an architect who loves to do crossword puzzles sometimes gets pushed to the side—and this campaign aims to change that. A person’s sense of self makes their life complete. This is an essential component of self-care that can ultimately prevent caregiver burnout and depression.
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About John Schall:
As the Chief Executive Officer of Caregiver Action Network, John Schall is the organization’s content expert, responsible for articulating CAN’s vision, developing the organization’s strategic plan and leading the organization’s advocacy efforts. Recognized nationally as a thought leader on caregiving issues and trends, John effectively links private sector goals with health care public policy. John leverages his 30+ years of expertise in a wide range of policy fields, including healthcare, labor, education, economic development, taxation, and budget policy, to develop programs and strategies to solve the nation’s looming caregiver crisis.
About Caregiver Action Network:
Caregiver Action Network (www.CaregiverAction.org) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with significant health needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN reaches caregivers on multiple platforms. CAN (the National Family Caregivers Association) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
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