Day 11: 2011 Marked Milestones in VA’s Recognition of Caregivers

November 11, 2011

By Deborah Amdur, LCSW, ACSW, Chief Consultant, Care Management and Social Work, Department of Veterans Affairs

In 2011, after nearly 150 years of honoring Veterans through benefits, health care and honorable burials, VA paid direct compensation to the Family Caregiver of a Veteran through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Program of Comprehensive Assistance [...]

Day 10: The Immense Value of the Family Caregiver Support Group

November 10, 2011

By Lois Esobar, MSW, Family Consultant at Family Caregiver Alliance

The role of a family caregiver is difficult. Aside from taking care of their loved one, they must also continue to lead their lives, which includes, working, caring for family, grocery shopping and the list goes on! Many family caregivers need time to [...]

Day 9: Helping Those Who Help Others

November 9, 2011

By Enid Kassner, Director of Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Supports at the AARP Public Policy Institute.

When I was growing up, my grandmother liked to say: “God helps those who help themselves.”  This was a woman who knew something about hard work – coming to this country at the age of 17 from Romania; [...]

Day 8: Holiday Time, Siblings and Parent Care

November 8, 2011

By Leah Eskenazi, MSW, Director of Operations and Planning at Family Caregiver Alliance

Are you looking forward to getting together with your parents and siblings for Thanksgiving? Maybe not. Sibling relationships and parent–child communication can be complicated. Should one or both of your parents also suffer from a progressive chronic illness, then the [...]

Day 7: Caregiver College

November 7, 2011

By Michelle Venegas, LCSW – Director of Programs and Services at Family Caregiver Alliance

“How do I help my Dad get out of the tub with out hurting either of us? Should I help my partner floss or should I just let it go? What can I do about my Mom’s refusal to sleep [...]

Day 6: Caregiving from Afar

November 6, 2011

By Sean Coffey

A study earlier this year focused on the issues of caregiving from a distance for adult children whose parents were diagnosed with cancer. In an interview with one of the authors (scroll down to May 2011), Polly Mazane, PhD, ACNP, AOCN, she explained that there is a joke about adult [...]

Day 5: Wait Lists in Medicaid

November 5, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance

While researching services for a caregiver in Florida, I stumbled upon Arc Florida’s webpage, and a section entitled “Wanting to Move to Florida?” that cautions people:

If you live elsewhere and are receiving Medicaid Waiver services, your waiver services will NOT transfer to Florida.  You will still [...]

Day 4: The Fun Stories of Caregiving

November 4, 2011

Our first story from a caregiver comes from Sara- who cared for her mom with dementia along with her brother. While there were hard times, she chose to focus on the funny times she had with her mom. One story was about her mom’s hearing aids, which her mom didn’t always have turned [...]

Day 3: Sex and Dementia

November 3, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance

Despite the fact that “sex sells,” most Americans still hesitate to speak about sex openly. Sex and older people is an even more taboo topic- a guide from Alzheimer Scotland notes: “The media tends to portray sex as being the prerogative of the young and [...]

Day 2: Is there anything good about caregiving?

November 2, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance

As advocates and people that work with family caregivers and their loved ones, we are often focused on the negative aspects of caregiving.  There are logical reasons for this, for example, the family caregivers we work with often contact us when they reach a breaking point, [...]