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Forget-Me-Not-Flower-Club Launches Floral Gift Program For Caregivers: Alzheimer's Awareness Month Program Offers Resources, Recognition for Friends and Family
Date:10/30/2009

off, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

It has been estimated that approximately 52 million American adults currently provide unpaid assistance, i.e., informal caregiving, to adults who are elderly or disabled. A relatively new phenomenon, informal caregiving is the general result of people living longer. As the baby-boomers enter retirement age the informal caregiving population is expected to grow exponentially. Most of these caregivers are ill prepared for their role and provide care with little or no support. As a result, caregivers' own physical and mental health deteriorates the longer they provide care.

"Initially I felt confident and privileged that I was able to take care of my father who suffered from Alzheimer's disease," stated Christine Moore, who provided care for her father. "As his Alzheimer's progressed, I found myself depressed, isolated and actually guilty for feeling that way. Simple gestures from my friends and family became an important lifeline for me."

For adult children, extended family and friends of these caregivers, setting up a monthly appreciation gift of flowers is easy, as well as psychologically and medically effective. FMN-FC's flowers are delivered direct from California growers and guaranteed fresh. Each floral gift includes information for the caregiver and delivery confirmation to the sender. There are no contracts to sign and the deliveries can be stopped at any time. Special gifts, in addition to the flowers, will be sent the longer the recipient is in the program. The FMN-FC website also provides information, resources and community for caregivers and their supporters. To sign up for the FMN-FC gift program, individuals should go to www.forgetmenotflowerclub.com.

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