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Help America’s Elderly by Supporting the “Caregiver Corps” Petition

Who would sign up to be a caregiver?

As any caregiver can attest, taking care of an elder is not for the faint-of heart. Would it be hard to find people (especially younger individuals) to sign up for something like this?

Perhaps, but Schuster doesn’t see this as a significant obstacle.

Indeed, rates of volunteerism are highest among college-age adults. Tapping into the passion and energy of this youthful cohort would be an essential component of getting a Caregiver Corps off the ground.

The value of older volunteers shouldn’t be discounted either. Recent retirees who’re still healthy are likely to identify strongly with their less-fortunate peers, making them a compassionate source of service for this population.

How you can help

It won’t solve every problem associated with elder care, but a legion of eager volunteers would certainly help alleviate the physical, mental and financial burdens faced by the country’s caregivers. But, with no official government buy-in it will still be awhile before those on the front line see relief from a Caregiver Corps-type program.

Hopefully the coming days will bring more petition signatures, but the idea has received such powerful support from leaders in the health care and volunteer industries that she feels confident that, no matter what happens to the petition, the idea will gradually gather steam.

“I’ve received so many encouraging notes that relay people’s own experiences with comments about how much a Caregiver Corps volunteer could have helped them in tough times,” she says.

The biggest barrier to implementation is likely to come after getting the government to buy in to the idea of a Caregiver Corps. Getting policymakers to agree on how to structure and implement such a project will be a tricky task. “There are certainly a lot of logistics to be worked out, but I don’t think they are insurmountable,” the ever-optimistic Schuster notes.

For now, there is one thing you can do to help transform the Caregiver Corps from idea to reality: sign the petition.

Schuster also encourages people who are interested in more information and learning how they can get involved to contact her via this e-mail address: info@mediacaring.org.

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3:44PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

something like this is very much needed every where. It's as if seniors become invisible. We need to think of our seniors more often. thanks for the article, maybe something will come of it.

12:34AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thanks

9:42PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Thanks

9:20AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Wow! This is an amazing idea. Let's do it.

6:39AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Thank you AgingCare, for Sharing this!

4:23PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Will this through personal care aides out of work or further lower their already pitifully low salaries?

1:25PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thx

8:34AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Great idea!!

1:26AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing.

12:36AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Not just America...

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