Recommendations on Family Caregivers (as presented at the Women’s Policy Summit, January 17, 2013)

Family Caregiver Alliance – Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director

INTRODUCTION
In California, there are over 5.88 million family caregivers providing unpaid care to a loved one. These family caregivers – unpaid relatives, partners and friends – form the largest long-term care workforce in the country. In California alone, it is estimated that family caregivers provide $47 billion dollars [...]

Holiday Gifts for Caregivers (part 2)

by Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director,
Family Caregiver Alliance

In the last blog post I suggested five gifts family caregivers could use right now: 2 weeks of respite, Social Security credits for those who leave their job to provide care, a trained workforce and so on. Practical items to be sure. Today we turn to [...]

Holiday Gifts for Caregivers – Part 1

by Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

This time of year, our thoughts turn to family and friends, celebrating relationships and giving to others. I would like to list my own personal recommendations on much needed gifts that family caregivers could really use in the New Year.

Gift #1: Respite
Seriously.  If we are serious about supporting [...]

Women’s Policy Summit: Advancing Women’s Health, Wealth & Power

Family Caregiver Alliance

Family Caregiver Alliance is pleased to be a co-sponsor of The Women’s Policy Summit, scheduled for January 17, 2013, at the Sacramento Convention Center that will bring advocates and other California leaders together in a multi-issue policy forum to present their priority recommendations to improve the health and well-being of women and girls [...]

Consider Family Caregivers This Giving Tuesday . . . (and beyond)

(. . . Yes, even though it’s Wednesday. We’ll actually accept your donations throughout the holiday season. As it says above, the giving just starts on Tuesday!)

Family Caregiver Alliance

This is the first year for Giving Tuesday, a nationwide effort to focus on charitable giving during the holiday season.  Family Caregiver Alliance [...]

Caregiving with Your Siblings During the Holidays

Guest Blogger:  Francine Russo, speaker and author “THEY’RE YOUR PARENTS, TOO! How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy” [Illustration by Andrea Orvik]

 

Family Caregiver Alliance

“I’m really worried about the holidays,” Leslie told me. I’ve got everything under control with my Mom and Dad. Then my sisters and their families [...]

National Caregivers Month - 'Resource Reminder'

Family Caregiver Alliance

Caring for a parent, spouse, adult child, partner or friend with a chronic health problem is an every-day affair.  Sometimes boring, sometimes unreasonable, sometimes over-the-top demanding, sometimes rewarding . . . and always on your mind.

Knowledge about a health condition, guidance to providing the best care, and special tips for support and self-care, [...]

New FCA Issue Brief: Family Caregivers and Transitional Care

Family Caregiver Alliance

A new Issue Brief entitled, Family Caregiving and Transitional Care: A Critical Review has been published by the National Center on Caregiving, Family Caregiver Alliance. The paper looks at the five models of hospital to home transitional care programs currently being replicated across the country and how those programs involve family caregivers as [...]

Seniors & Sexuality for Caregivers

Family Caregiver Alliance

Maria and Charlie have been married for 60 years and remain very much in love. They are no longer able to drive on their own and require the help of their adult daughter to take care of the house when Charlie’s arthritis flares up. Maria and Charlie, near 85-years of age, still enjoy [...]

Youth Caregivers: A Growing Population

Family Caregiver Alliance

Earlier this year, Mark’s world was turned upside down when his mother’s Multiple Sclerosis took a turn for the worst, leaving her in a wheelchair and unable to care for herself as tremors and weakness made it difficult to even prepare her own breakfast.  Since Mark’s mother and father have been divorced since [...]