Friday, December 11, 2009

too busy caregiving for affair with Tiger Woods

Alas, I confess I have never had an affair with Tiger Woods. Though I suspect this entry may get more hits than those simply entitled caregiving, Multiple Sclerosis, or teen Autism.

Thanks to the National Alliance for Caregiving, AARP and MetLife Foundation:

If the 74 pages do not interest your curiosity they SHOULD and if not now, they WILL.
“More than 3 in 10 US households report that at least one person has served as an unpaid caregiver in the last 12 months, leading to an estimate of 36.5 million households with a caregiver present.”
Even if already a caregiver it gives you an idea how you may be perceived or misperceived.

According to “Caregiving in the USA, 2009”, caregiving lasted on average 4.6 years. Just past my 20th anniversary as a caregiver, obviously I am a horse of a different color. Life long caregiver parents of special needs children who grow up to become special needs adults obviously warrant elite status.

Regardless of distinctions it IS a detailed look into what SHOULD be capturing our attention.
"...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who … are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped." Hubert H. Humphrey
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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  1. I agree with what Hubert Humphrey said; hoping we continue to be a government that tries to treat the sick, needy, and handicapped with compassion and trying to provide services (and increase services of course :)

    I'm sure Tiger Woods is learning some valuable lessons these days

    hope all is going well with holiday planning for you and yours Patrick


  2. It's a funny country, how we care more about where Tiger Woods is getting his jollies than how to care for the sick and disabled.

    I'll bet a big share of those 36.5 million caregiver households don't perceive themselves as caregivers. It took me years to realize I was one.

    You are definitely of a special breed, Patrick.

  3. Patrick, you and Cranky and Scarecrow are all amazing caregivers. Patti and Skip and I appreciate you more than we can say.


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