One of the biggest obstacles in caregiving is recognizing that you ARE caregiving! Many times family members feel that what they're doing for their parent or other relative is nothing more than what family does for each other when there's a need. And that's true.

Running errands… picking up medications… paying bills… driving to the doctor... arranging home care…helping to dress…regardless of the task, it's all caregiving.

Often the assistance that's required gradually becomes more and more until you find yourself overwhelmed with the pressing demands from all the areas of your life – job, family, children, after-school activities, and now, the family member you're helping.

According to a recent study*, there are over 44 million families and friends across the country , just like you, who are providing care for another adult over 18. That's almost 1 in 4 households. An estimated 1 million individuals in New York City are providing some degree of care for their family member.

The Census Bureau (2000) reports that 2.1 million children across the country are being raised by their grandparents. In New York City, over 83,000 grandparent caregivers are raising their grandchildren. If this sounds like you, click here.

The benefit of knowing that you are a caregiver is that you become aware that you're not alone in the challenge of keeping your life in balance, and that services that can help lighten the load are available.

With the development of service networks such as the National Family Caregiver Support Program in New York City and throughout the country, caregivers can find the help they need.

Caregiving can be filled with rewards, as well as challenges. Through this website, you'll be able to get answers, support, practical suggestions, and links to help in your neighborhood, making it easier for you to care.

* Source: "Caregiving in the U.S." National Alliance for Caregiving & AARP, 2004.