A Happy Mother Day message for the very special women providing care for their own mom or others. You are not forgotten.
I feel it is important to take time to apprecitate all the mothers out there who not only have children, but, also have also transitioned into providing care for their mother or aging family member.
Across the US, there are over 45 million unpaid caregivers that are provdiing care for another adult that is elderly, disabled or ill. An estimated 66 percent of these caregivers are female.
Many women spend the first third of their adult life caring for children. With the growing aging population, the middle part of adulthood, for most women, is providing care for their aging parents. For the married females, many in the last third of their lives, provide care for an aging and/or ill spouse.
I get the sense from most women, that many would not have it any other way. I feel it is important for us to recognize and acknowledge the family caregiver. We need to do what we can to support all caregivers in their important work of caring for those who need help.
Mother’s Day is a day when we remember and acknowledge those who nurtured and cared for us. They may have been our biological mother, adoptive mother, foster mother or others who took the time and effort to be caring and supportive toward us.
“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”
I think it seems especially important, to me, to take time to consider the emotional toll that caring takes on an indiviudal. Trust me, it is not that it is not worth this toll. I really feel that it is important that it is affirming and encouraging to recognize it.
I marvel everyday at the those that have made and continue to make such personal sacrifices to care for others. Each and every caregiver shows how much it takes to care so deeply for others when they become dependant on you.
For those family caregivers, that give the “gift of care” each and everyday, your choice to provide this care honors your mom (and other family members, each and everyday). This is a priceless gift.
I hope that you will also take time today, to do something to take care of yourself. You are the most important part of the caregiving equation. Without you, it all falls apart.