It has come to my attention that, like me, many classmates are now caring for their parents. Caregiving is an ultimate act of love, but it can also be frustrating, heartbreaking and exhausting.

Children of Aging Parents is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to assist the nation's nearly 54 million caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill with reliable information, referrals and support, and to heighten public awareness that the health of the family caregivers is essential to ensure quality care of the nation's growing elderly population.

In early 2004, CAPS joined forces with CONTACT Bucks County a non-profit, United Way agency that provides free telephone helpline services to the residents of Bucks County. It is staffed by volunteers who are trained in crisis intervention and active listening skills, which is an important asset for the caregivers that call on CAPS as well as those needing the serives of CONTACT Bucks Couty.

I am on the board of CONTACT Bucks County and responsible for CAPS-related activities. I would suggest if you need help or information to go to our web site . You can also call our information and referral help line at 1-800-227-7294. Or you can, of course, contact me, Chuck Thompson.

Just remember, you are not alone. You can call on CAPS for help.