San Jose : Annual reading program focuses on caregiving

From The Mercury News

” Although caregiving is typically associated with nurses and hospitals, it’s also something that often falls on the shoulders of a mother, father, daughter, son, wife or husband and can affect an entire family.In recognition of such an important responsibility, this year’s theme for the annual Silicon Valley Reads program, “No What What: Caring, Coping, Compassion,” focuses on caregiving.Presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library District and San Jose Public Library, this year’s program asks people to think, discuss and share the perspectives of caregivers through multiple free events such as art exhibits, films and panel discussions.The regional program will kick off on Feb. 1 at the Visual & Performing Arts Center at De Anza College in Cupertino and conclude on April 15.“At some point we’ll be a caregiver in our lifetime,” said Nancy Howe, executive director of the Santa Clara County Library District.About 43.5 million Americans are unpaid caregivers who help family or friends with daily living activities and medical tasks, she added.”