PRLog - Dec. 15, 2011 - MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The Adult Day Programs at The Wartburg Adult Care Community celebrated National Caregiver Month with a luncheon to honor family caregivers. Through a proclamation by President Barack Obama, November 2011 was set aside for people to pay tribute to “those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends and neighbors."
JoAnn Davis & Deborah Reynolds Celebrate National
JoAnn Davis, Director of the Adult Day Programs, likened caregivers to snowflakes. “Alone they are unique, yet fragile. When together, they are something powerful to contend with.” Each caregiver in attendance at the festivities was given a crystal snowflake and a certificate of recognition honoring them for what they do. On hand to distribute certificates was Deborah Reynolds, recently elected to the Mt Vernon City Council, who knows first-hand the challenges of care giving. Her mother, Betty attends the adult day program at The Wartburg.
According to the National Family Caregivers Association, over 65 million people, over ¼ of the U.S. Population provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year. These people spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for a loved one. The value of their services is estimated at $375 billion a year.
For information about The Wartburg’s Adult Day Programs, which provides registrants with transportation from Mt. Vernon, Yonkers, New Rochelle and surrounding areas, as well as the Bronx, contact JoAnn Davis at (914) 513-5472.
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The Wartburg Adult Care Community is a not-for-profit Lutheran ministry, serving people of all faiths with a full range of residential options and health-related services for older area adults and their families. The Wartburg offers skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and independent living, adult day services, home care, memory care, pastoral care and monthly caregiver support groups. The Wartburg is a member organization of the National Center for Creative Aging. For more information about The Wartburg Adult Care Community, please call (914) 699-0800, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thewartburg.org .