Many of us are connected to people serving as caregivers. One way we can show our support is by creating a Caregiver Gratitude Jar or Box for our caregiver family members and friends filled with handwritten positive thoughts and thank you notes that express how much we appreciate them.
Creating a Caregiver Gratitude Jar or Box is easy to do and very inexpensive. Start by looking for a plastic or glass jar you can recycle. Clean (wash) it out and create a colorful label that includes the person’s name (Mary’s Gratitude Jar). You can use any type of paper or white label to create it. Stick the label on the jar.
If you don’t want to use a jar, look for a box (shoe box, tissue box, or gift box). Think about covering the box with wrapping paper or another type of paper. Perhaps, you can select paper that represents the caregiver’s favorite color(s). Write the person’s name on a piece of paper or a white label. Place it on the box.
Fill the jar or box with strips of paper or Post It notes that contain positive quotes, spiritual messages, and your own words of thanksgiving. Make it a group project and ask family and friends to write their words of thanksgiving on the strips of paper or Post It notes. Continue the practice throughout the new year so that the Gratitude Jar or Box stays replenished.
You can also thank caregivers by showing them AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center. The web site has great articles and tips that caregivers can use to support their wellness journey as they care for their loved ones. You can now access AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center on your iPad!
AARP is a nonprofit organization that helps people who are 50 and over turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security, and retirement planning.
Disclaimer: This blog post was written in support of Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle and Living Well initiative and participation in AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign.