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Virginia Family Caregivers Month

11/01/2020

WHEREAS, family caregivers are essential to the health and well-being of Virginians at every age and regardless of ability; and

WHEREAS, one in five Virginians provide regular care and assistance to a friend or family member experiencing a health problem or living with a disability; and

WHEREAS, caregivers in Virginia provide over 950 million hours of unpaid care valued at over $11 billion annually; and

WHEREAS, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, family caregivers are experiencing increased challenges and stress as they care for their loved ones; and

WHEREAS, in 2018, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services received a Lifespan Respite Grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living to provide respite vouchers to family caregivers of individuals with dementia and grandparents or relative caregivers providing care to a child or an individual ages 19 to 59 with a severe disability;

WHEREAS, the Lifespan Respite Grant has aided in the assistance of over 200 Virginia families; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Caregiver Coalition, which was founded in 2004, has over 200 volunteer members across the Commonwealth and works to improve the experience of caregiving through education, advocacy, and access to resources; and

WHEREAS, during the month of November, it is important to recognize the many contributions of family caregivers and encourage health providers, employers, and all Virginia communities acknowledge and support their efforts;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 2020 as VIRGINIA FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.