2017 - The Year of the Caregiver in Missouri

two womenDo you know someone who puts their life on hold to care for an ill family member or friend? If so, the Department of Health and Senior Services invites you to nominate that person for Caregiver of the Year.

The department will feature a story and photo of an unpaid caregiver each month. By December, an overall Caregiver of the Year will be selected. Click here for the nomination form and the photo release form. Send both forms, along with a digital photo of the caregiver, to Becca.Coffelt@health.mo.gov.

Hilda Akins

Hilda Akins

Caregiver of the Month

Native St. Louisan Hilda Akins, 92, is the caregiver of her family. The eldest of four siblings, she cared for her 90-year-old sister, Muriel, who suffered from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, for five years before Muriel died a few weeks ago. Before that, Hilda cared for their younger brother Virgil, who had dementia and died around five years ago. And if Hilda’s youngest brother, Charles, had survived World War II and needed care, she probably would have brought him into the fold, too.

Read more about the Caregiver of the Month for August.

Informal caregivers are at risk for mental and physical health problems. - The Lewin Group

Join us as we celebrate Missouri’s seniors with a full day of fun activities to promote healthy aging at Senior Day at the Missouri State Fair!

* Year of the Caregiver Flyer*