PHOENIX — Governor Ducey proclaimed November 2018 as Arizona Family Caregiver Month to recognize the 804,000 Arizonans who are informal family caregivers caring for a loved one and to encourage these heroes to take some time for respite so they may continue their mission of providing that loving care that only they can provide.
View text of the proclamation below
WHEREAS, over 90 million Americans today are family caregivers for their loved ones; and
WHEREAS, there are over 804,000 Arizona informal family caregivers caring for a loved one, providing almost $9.4B in unpaid care; and
WHEREAS, a large number of them are finding themselves providing care 24-hours a day/7-days a week; and
WHEREAS, although caregiving can be a rewarding experience, it is not without its consequences such as stress, poor health, and caregiver burnout; and
WHEREAS, more than half (55%) of family caregivers report being overwhelmed by the amount of care their family member needs; and
WHEREAS, nearly 4 in 10 (38%) family caregivers report a moderate (20%) to high degree (18%) of financial strain as a result of providing care; and
WHEREAS, making time for yourself and the family protects a family caregiver’s own health, strengthens family relationships, prevents burnout and can enable a care recipient to stay at home up to three times longer. The chance to take a breather and re-energize is vital in order for you to be as good a caregiver tomorrow as you were today; and
WHEREAS, with the responsibility of family caregivers in our country is growing every year, it is even more essential to encourage these heroes to take some time for respite so they may continue their mission of providing that loving care that only they can provide.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim November 2018 as
ARIZONA FAMILY CAREGIVER MONTH
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be
affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona
DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this second day of October in the year
Two Thousand and Eighteen and of the Independence of the United States of America
the Two Hundred and Forty-Third.
SECRETARY OF STATE