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.

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Nancy Wray

Caregiver of the Month

Nancy Wray, a teacher and caregiver for her husband with multiple sclerosis, recalls fondly the day they met. Her handsome future husband, Tom, was drinking soda and yacking it up with his fellow cattle farmers at the local gas station in tiny Theodosia, Missouri, in Ozark County. Tom relished the early-morning camaraderie before he began his solitary work day. 

Since then, life has changed dramatically for Nancy and Tom, who was diagnosed with a progressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS) nine years ago.

Read more about the Caregiver of the Month for June.

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In 2016 these caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of care valued at over $230 billion.
~ Alzheimer’s Association

Click here to learn more about Alzheimer’s and other dementias and how you can support this important month.

April Caregiver of the Month: Mike Crew – click here to read Mike's story.

May Caregiver of the month: Laura Davis – click here to read Laura’s story.