Published On: October 7th, 2020|502 words|1.7 min read|
It was hard enough being a caregiver before the pandemic upped the level of difficulty. But the caregiving challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak also provide an opportunity for civilians to learn from the military caregiver mindset, according to AARP caregiving expert Lee Woodruff.
“Being a military caregiver or living with a loved one’s deployment means living with the knowledge that we can’t control the situation,” Jennifer Mackinday, program coordinator at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and a caregiver for her brother, told Woodruff. “Military families have learned how to embrace ambiguity and hold on to what we do know. We also understand that the one thing we can control is how we react and respond.”
AARP is not only a champion of civilian caregivers but an advocate for military caregivers as well, providing free resources to all Veterans, military personnel and their families regardless if they are AARP members. Whether you need caregiving help or you want to give help, here’s what you can do right now.
Join the AARP Family Caregivers discussion group on Facebook: Connect with nearly 4,000 other caregivers in this private group to exchange practical tips, offer support and share your family caregiving experiences. On Nov. 19, a Facebook Live event, “Support for Military and Veteran Caregivers,” will focus on VA benefits, services and support for military caregivers. The discussion will be moderated by AARP family and caregiving expert Amy Goyer and include special guest Dr. Lynda Davis, chief Veterans Experience officer for VA. Go to facebook.com/groups/aarpfamilycaregivers to join the group.
Get help (or give help) through AARP Community Connections: Find or start a mutual aid group in your community that offers resources during the pandemic. If you are feeling isolated, you can even request a call from a trained AARP volunteer.