Why is Advocacy Important?
Caring for a loved one through age or illness is a selfless act, a journey through physical, emotional, financial and spiritual stress. Beyond just the act of care, caregivers gain knowledge and expertise others may benefit from.
An act of storytelling can take the reader or listener on a powerful journey to understanding. While a caregiver’s story can convey the joy, pain, grace, missteps, and transformation of their journey, it also can create a connection to the challenges of such care.
Our stories paint pictures that expose the need for reform in health care and public policy to better enable and empower caregivers in the effective delivery of care for their loved ones.
Advocacy is simply the practice of supporting someone to make their voice heard.
Activism is the practice of using action to achieve that result.
Advocacy and Activism are concepts that we as caregivers need to embrace if we hope to change the caregiving experience for those who follow us along the path.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individual concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity” Martin Luther King