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Let's thank family caregivers

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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2007 12:00 am

Every November, the president of the United States proclaims November to be National Family Caregivers Month. It is designated as a time every year to thank, support, educate and celebrate the more than 60 million family caregivers across the country currently providing an estimated $306 billion in "free" care-giving services.

It is hard to believe that more than 50 million people in the United States are caring for loved ones 18 years of age or older. Not to mention that there are at least another 10 million people caring for loved ones with special needs who are younger than 18. That's at least 60 million people - nearly 20 percent of the total U.S. population. So if you count yourself as one of these 60 million Americans, you definitely are not alone.

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