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celebrate national family caregivers month with random acts of kindness

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November is National Family Caregivers Month — the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate the 40 million unpaid caregivers in the United States.

Surprisingly most caregivers — those who attend to someone else’s daily needs — are not paid professionals but are simply family members or friends who are also working and managing their own families at the same time.  For many, the caregiving role starts with simple things like scheduling a doctor’s visit or helping with daily errands, but gradually expands over time, until it becomes a major commitment in their lives.

These caregivers admit their lives have changed with this new role, often for the worse. One in five say they are unhappier and one in three say they feel sad or depressed.  That’s why AARP has created a community where caregivers can connect with experts and other caregivers and find information and tools.

This month, the Ad Council and AARP are kicking off a fantastic Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers campaign, designed to show caregivers they’re valued and appreciated. [Read more…]

Operation Nice

After a year filled with political mud-slinging, “The Jersey Shore” and Jon and Kate, it’s definitely time for a kinder, gentler 2010.

Need some suggestions on how to start? Check out the list on the wonderful Operation NICE blog, which is filled with simple ways to commit random acts of kindness.

Philadelphia blogger Melissa Morris Ivone founded the project, believing that “If everyone was a little bit nicer to the folks they encountered each day, perhaps the world would be a more pleasant place.”

Wouldn’t that be nice?