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When thinking of caregivers, you may picture a female around 20-30 years old, assisting an elderly person. While this isn’t an inaccurate assumption, it isn’t quite fair. Today, more and more people are taking on the role of ‘caregiver.’ Whether they are caregivers of family members or by professional employment, people of a different race, age and gender are contributing to this role of service. Caregivers are daughters, wives, husbands, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, partners and friends. 

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According to CaregiverAction.org, “More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.”   

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February is all about love! Valentine's Day isn't the only reason to celebrate love. Here's some tips to celebrate your love with your whole family!

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It’s important to understand what “caregiver burnout” looks like and learn how to prevent it from happening. Caregivers can take care of themselves and those that depend on them without over-straining themselves, but they need to be mindful of warning signs and have a plan to prevent burnout.

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A recent study from the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute raised some eyebrows when it revealed that approximately 46 percent of family caregivers perform some medical or nursing task around the house. Now, new information is coming to light that suggests there may not be enough training available to family members, The New York Times reports. 

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