Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
To all caregivers everywhere, we thank you for your time, dedication, love and devotion. Novemember is National Family Caregivers Month, if you know a caregiver, please reach out to say thank you.
American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a serious illness, with complications like stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and amputations. During November (and throughout the year), the American Diabetes Association conducts activities to raise awareness about diabetes. For more information, go to www.diabetes.org
National Family Caregivers Month. NFC Month is organized annually by the National Family Caregivers Association as a time each year to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. For more information, go to
National Pomegranate Month. November is the height of the pomegranate season, according to POM Wonderful. For more information, go to
National Alzheimerís Disease Month. Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, National Alzheimerís Disease Month recognizes the efforts to treat and cure Alzheimerís while supporting individu¨als and families struggling with the disease.
National Novel Writing Month. Write a 50,000-word novel, starting on Nov. 1 and finishing by the end of the month. In 2007, more than 15,000 people did it. This year you can join them. For more information about getting started, go to www.nanowrimo.org
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Nov. 1-7. First observed in 1996 by the Humane Society of the United States, this campaign seeks to recognize and promote the role shelters play in highlighting ani¨mal welfare issues nationwide.
World Kindness Week. Nov. 9-15. Kindness toward other people can increase emotional resilience, vigor, and joyfulness, along with other psychological and physiological health benefits. For inspiration, visit the Random Acts of Kindness Web site, www.actsofkindness.org
National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week Nov. 15-21. Sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. Schools, communities and cities participate in a national campaign to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness. Go to www.nationalhomeless.org/projects/awareness/awareness.html for details.
National Game and Puzzle Week Nov. 22-28. Games exercise the mind and reduce stress. And theyíre an enjoyable way spend time with your friends and family during Thanksgiving week.
Sandwich Day. Nov. 3. Birthday of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, considered the originator of the sandwich. Though he probably didnít invent the idea, he popularized it when he began ordering a slice of meat between two pieces of bread.
Veterans Day. Nov. 11. Held on the date of the Armistice that ended World War I, Veteranís Day honors those who have served in the military.
Thanksgiving. Nov. 26. Learn the history of the 1621 meal now known as The First Thanksgiving. For more information go to http://www.history.com/content/thanksgiving
National Day of Listening. Nov. 27 There can be no better way of sharing precious family memories than talking about them and passing them down. The Story Corp folks help you do just that. For information go to http://www.storycorps.org/ and http://www.nationaldayoflistening.org/