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Thanks Project – Share Your Thanks for a Caregiver Today!

November 2013

In honor of National Family Caregivers Month this November, AARP and Ad Council have launched a new initiative called the “Thanks Project” to provide people across the nation an opportunity to recognize the caregivers in their lives and thank them for all the work they do.

Families and friends of caregivers are invited to submit a message of gratitude to the Thanks Project microsite in the form of a note, picture or video. As the messages are received, the names of the mentioned caregivers will be collected in a digital tapestry to recognize the 42 million caregivers across the country.

To submit your thanks for a caregiver in your life, visit the Thanks Project microsite at

Flu Season is Upon Us

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu-associated deaths in the U.S. range from about 3,000 to 49,000 people annually. It is also estimated that, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized as a result of flu-related complications each year. To help protect against the flu virus, the CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone over six months of age.

“It’s important for nurses to consider receiving the flu vaccine to help prevent the spread of the virus to their patients and communities,” said Sandra Evans, DNP, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, CCM, clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at Detroit Receiving Hospital in Detroit, Mich. “Try sending out a text or Tweet to your circle of family, friends and neighbors. Let them know that you got your flu shot. Did they?”

For more information, visit

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