Contest: Nominate a caregiver for an International Award

  • A number of years ago, when I was looking for an agent for my first book, which happened to be a platform for caregivers to tell their stories, I was told that, “nobody is interested in this issue.” These days I laugh at the memory. Family caregivers have since been lifted to national prominence in many, many ways.

  now offers an excellent vehicle in Ask Medicare for helping caregivers sort out many sticky health and financial issues they face. Ask Medicare also gives caregivers a chance to submit their own stories to help support other caregivers who may be struggling.

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    Several celebrities have started their own websites after coping with caregiving issues of their own. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common reason. Maria Shriver has gone very public about her now deceased father’s illness by participating in television specials and co-authoring a book.


    However, it’s the unsung heroes without fame or fortune who are doing the lion’s share of caregiving in our country, assisting the most vulnerable and saving the government untold dollars.


    It's not just about Alzheimer’s disease, though we concentrate on brain diseases on Just take a look at other Health Central sites, such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes and chronic lung disease (COPD). You’ll find plenty of caregivers asking questions, and receiving answers, relevant to their care receiver’s needs.


    Caregiving takes many forms.

    •   A close friend of mine has cared for his developmentally disabled daughter for 28 years. 
    •   A now elderly man married to a woman with severe multiple sclerosis has been his wife’s caregiver for decades.   
    • Millions of boomers are caring for their parents as are millions of well spouses


    Shire BRAVE Awards


    I received a press release with information I want to share with you, because I believe you may know a caregiver who deserves recognition.


    “A new international awards program intended to recognize everyday people who serve as caregivers has been launched by Shire Pharmaceuticals, the global specialty biopharmaceutical company.  The Shire BRAVE Awards is the first and only awards initiative of its kind and is designed to recognize the courage and dedication of non-professional caregivers, honoring everyday heroes who provide regular, consistent care of another person.”


    If you know a caregiver you’d like to recommend for an award, go to You’ll be asked to write a short essay about why this person should be honored. Nominations are being accepted between June 15 and August 31, 2011 and winners will be announced in November of this year.


    Let’s work on making caregivers of all types feel appreciated, and getting them recognized for giving of themselves to make the lives of others better.



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Published On: June 23, 2011