Father’s Day is a time when we think about not only being there for our kids, but we also think about our parents as well. My kids are fortunate in that they have two grandfathers who are not only alive and present in their lives, but still active enough to do things with them. But in the back of my mind is the awareness that they won’t always be in such good health and there may come a time when my husband and I adopt more of a caregiver role.
I hope it’s a long way off, but more and more of my peers are finding themselves caring for parents and raising their children at the same time. There are over 40 million caregivers in the US so chances are if you aren’t currently in a caregiver role, you know someone who is. I know I do. So I’m grateful that AARP has resources to help!
I’ve always known that I would take care of my parents if the need ever arose. I hope it doesn’t, but if it did it’s the least I could do. I think so many children take on caregiver roles because of what parents do for us growing up. That’s what the #ThanksProject is about – creating a tapestry of appreciation for those who are being cared for.
If you care for a parent or loved one, visit ThanksProject.org and leave your message of gratitude as a testimony of thanks. And anything we can do to support those special people in our lives, the better!
This post was donated to the Ad Council and AARP by Untrained Housewife and I was not compensated in any way beyond gratitude for the amazing people in my life, and those of my community brave enough to take on caregiving. I salute you.