SOURCE: AGIS

November 07, 2007 12:22 ET

Recognizing Family Caregivers, America's Invisible Workforce: This November Online Eldercare Resource AGIS Honors 50 Million During National Caregiver Month

SAN RAMON, CA--(Marketwire - November 7, 2007) - During the entire month of November, AGIS, a leader in technology-driven resources for eldercare, is celebrating family members and friends who give so much to care for a loved one with a chronic illness or disability in honor of National Caregiver Month, an initiative led by the National Family Caregivers Association.

Although most people would not identify themselves as family caregivers, there are actually a staggering 44 million Americans caring for someone over the age of 18 who are classified as such. These family caregivers provide assistance with everyday tasks such as picking up groceries or medication, helping with grooming and bathing, or assisting with money management. In the initial stages, most people see themselves as helpers, fulfilling a limited number of tasks, and then gradually turn into caregivers. Other times, a sudden illness or accident turns them into a family caregiver overnight, whether for a short period while their loved one recuperates or for the long haul. Regardless of the situation, these friends, family members, and partners become part of the invisible workforce that provides 80% of all long-term care services in America.

In support of National Caregiver Month and in the spirit of preparedness, AGIS announces the launch of their free Caregiver Kit available online at www.agis.com/caregiverkit. Compiled by AGIS with input from the National Family Caregivers Association, the package includes tips to help recognize when a loved one might need extra assistance, a "Where to Begin" checklist, care management techniques, and much more, giving families a starting point for their caregiving needs.

"We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the millions of individuals who selflessly and regularly donate their valuable time and resources," said Kevin Sypniewski, AGIS Founder & CEO. "In order to assist America's family caregivers, AGIS wants to offer a comprehensive set of resources as a solution for those whose needs are often overlooked or forgotten."

AGIS provides extensive resources for people with caregiving questions and concerns, whether an urgent need or in preparation for the future. This unique web service combines eldercare education with local support resources and a vibrant community to deliver the best possible solutions for adult caregivers and their families.

About AGIS, Inc.

Based in San Ramon, California, AGIS (AssistGuide Information Services) is the leading online community providing comprehensive information and access to eldercare solutions and services. Since 1998, AGIS (formerly AssistGuide) has been providing technology driven resources for the aging and disability communities. The company helps improve the quality of life for seniors and their families by uniting eldercare education with local, regional and national support services. For more information about AGIS, visit www.agis.com.

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