Did you know that doing common tasks like reminding your mom to take her medications or taking a spouse to an appointment is considered caregiving?
National research on caregiver self-identification (Kutner, 2001) showed that only 19 percent of people actively caring for a friend, family member, or neighbor self-identified as a caregiver. When people identify as a caregiver, they’re more likely to seek out services and resources that will help. That means healthier caregivers and communities.
In 2010, we gathered input from stakeholders and partner organizations to help us design the Caregiver Awareness campaign to raise awareness about identifying as a caregiver. This campaign been featured across Minnesota and in other states. For more information about the campaign development and impact, see our article in Generations – Journal of the American Society on Aging. To find out how you can use the campaign to further caregiving awareness in your community, call us at 651-280-CARE (2273).