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Caregiving with Words of Gratitude

What can we take away from the word…CAREGIVING?

The word CAREGIVING is recognized as an action role, that means helping someone (elderly, children, ill persons) is the primary function. The individual(s), often a part of a family’s network assist with helping loved ones navigate their personal world. Regardless of whether you are being paid or unpaid, the role demands admiration and gratitude. Wouldn’t you agree?

With an aging population seemingly not slowing down, the role of caregiving has been increasingly recognized as a vital one. In the United States, 52-million people who are age 65 or older was reported according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This demographic is projected to almost double in size by 2060, to a whopping 95 million people (Census Bureau, 2020). News Flash…we are living longer and being mindful of this will go a long way!

As COVID-19 has taken hold of our society, economically the caregiving role has magnified. We are home more; our movements are small; resources limited, and stress level are at an all-time high. I will always remind us, that we are our brother’s keeper. What words can we put in our spirit to embrace serving others? Here are some for your consideration:

C- compassion

A-appreciation

R-reality

E-expectation

G-gracefulness

I-integrity

V-vital

I-insight

N- natural

G-grateful

What can you take away from the word?: CAREGIVING?

Empower yourself with these words and know that the role of caregiving is “All That” and a bag of chips! Proving care and support for your loved ones will always be the best choice of a lifetime.

Reference: U.S. Census Bureau (2017). Retrieved from 2017 National Population Projections Tables: Main Series (census.gov)

Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman is author and speaker. Her book: From the Lens of Daughter, Nurse, and Caregiver: A Journey of Duty and Honor shares caregiving tips.

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