Virginia Caregivers Month

11/1/2014

WHEREAS, the need for family caregiving is growing and the single most valuable support to the health and well-being of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and minor children is the network of informal caregiving provided by family and friends; and

WHEREAS, nearly 1.7 million Virginia families serve as informal caregivers for older adults with disabilities or chronic diseases, providing over 1.1 billion hours of care; and

WHEREAS, the value of family caregiving is over $11.7 billion in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, 66,751 grandparents in Virginia are the heads of households and are responsible for their grandchildren, and 171,029 grandparents are living with their own grandchildren under 18 years of age; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is home to 127,981 active-duty military personnel, many of whom have children who are being raised by relatives; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Caregiver Coalition, founded in 2004, now has over 140 volunteer members across the Commonwealth representing caregivers of individuals; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Caregiver Coalition, in partnership with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, has established an online Virginia Family Caregiver Solutions Center at virginianavigator.org/vf/ and a Respite Voucher Program that has served over 500 families; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Caregivers Month is an opportunity to thank those who serve as informal caregivers and to recognize their invaluable efforts;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2014 as VIRGINIA CAREGIVERS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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