January 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am
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Share Your Caregiving Journey and Send in Your Story

by ECL Staff

Caregiving is incredibly important, but it isn’t always easy. We understand how much you give every day to take care of your loved ones and meet their needs. Now we want to take care of you. Share your story about how you take care of your loved ones, including elders and adults with chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. You can write up to 300 words and submit for our Share Why You Care contest. Tell us how or why you became a caregiver or talk about what caregiving means to you. Your essay could win a $50 gift card as a weekly winner.

Support the caregiving community

Read other essays and vote for your favorites (you can vote every day). The submission with the most votes wins a gift card to be used toward in-home care, along with a $250 gift certificate to enjoy at the spa of your choice. Be sure to submit your essay before the contest ends on February 1st.

Please note: We’re having some technical difficulties on the back-end related to voting. Know that your votes are being counted, regardless of a possible “incorrect captcha” message. We’re working on fixing this immediately and appreciate your patience.

More and more Americans caring for loved ones

The media is talking a lot about caregiving as our population of seniors in the U.S. continues to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the age group of 55 and older to increase more than any other age group, growing by 29 percent between 2010 and 2020. CNN writes that more than 76 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are retired, getting ready to do so, or wishing they could.

You know you’re not alone. An estimated 65 million Americans served as unpaid caregivers in 2009, the National Alliance for Caregiving reported. A Bloomberg Businessweek article confirms what we already know: Caregiving offers many rewards but involves a lot of health care responsibilities that nurses once handled, like managing medications and wound care. Gail Sheehy, author of Passages in Caregiving, wrote in USA Today about the burdens on these “shadow heroes,” and mentioned that many caregivers were too busy to take care of themselves and their own health.

Take care of yourself

So jot down your story and share it with us and other caregivers like you. You could win a much-deserved reward. For more details about the contest, visit the official page, or follow ElderCareLink.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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