AARP Hawaii is launching “Voices of Hawaii Caregivers”, a public awareness project aimed at starting a conversation about the many ways Hawaii residents care for our kupuna.
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On any given day in Hawaii an estimated 247,000 residents provide care and assistance to an aging friend or loved one. Many may not even think of themselves as “caregivers”. Providing care is just part of what they do as a concerned family member.
If you drive your mom to her monthly doctor’s appointments, or help your aging uncle check his blood sugar levels for diabetes – both of these activities fall into the caregiving category. A new AARP report finds that many family members provide these and other complex levels of care such as tube feedings, bandaging and wound care, managing catheters, giving injections or operating medical equipment.
The report defines the increasingly complex and physically demanding nursing tasks that family caregivers provide as “the new normal”. But while taking care of a loved one is a “labor of love”, the sense of isolation caregivers often feel can lead to physical, emotional and financial stress.
That’s where the “Voices of Hawaii Caregivers” project comes in. AARP wants to listen to the challenges and concerns of Hawaii’s caregivers, and help the public understand and appreciate the important work they do. Our goal is to find ways to support and encourage caregivers who give so much of themselves.
Here’s how it works: If you’re a family caregiver or if you know someone who is, we encourage you to share a brief message about your experience. We’ll make a short 60-second video of you describing your experience in your own words and post it on YouTube for others to see.
AARP wants caregivers to know you’re not alone – Hawaii is listening.
To arrange for your video to be taken, or to recommend a caregiver with a story to share, contact AARP Hawaii’s Bruce Bottorff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-545-6006.
Go to the AARP Hawaii YouTube channel to see some of the caregiver stories already posted.