Making Ends Meet When Money is Tight

Family Caregiver Alliance

According to an AARP Public Policy Institute online publication that details the growing contributions and costs of family caregiving, family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion worth of unpaid care annually to elderly, disabled or ill loved ones (Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update). Caregiving is already stressful, yet many [...]

In the Shadows . . .

Youth Caregiver, Kadniel, with his Grandmother

By guest blogger, Connie Siskowski (RN, PhD, President, American Association of Caregiving Youth), on behalf of Family Caregiver Alliance

“My dad isn’t working” was Eric’s only response – even with some gentle probing by a Family Specialist who is a licensed professional with the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) of the [...]

Caregiving with Siblings - Part 2: Four Tips to Gain the Support of Siblings

In Caregiving with Siblings – Part 1 of this two-part series on adult siblings jointly providing care to aging parents, we followed the story of Christine, age 56, who was overwhelmed as the primary caregiver for her aging mother. Her brother resides out-of-town and her sister is neglecting her share of the caregiving load. According [...]

Caregiving with Siblings - Part 1: Reducing Sibling Tensions in Family Caregiving

Christine, age 56, is at her wit’s end with her siblings. Her brother has just told her that he cannot visit their mother in Ohio this week. Her sister, despite living in the same town as their mother, has not visited in over a month and is notably absent from caregiving responsibilities.

Christine feels a wide [...]

Advocacy, Media, and Policy for Caregivers at the 2012 Aging in America Conference

Last month, staff from Family Caregiver Alliance traveled to Washington, DC for the 2012 Aging in America Conference. In addition to our Gilbert awards ceremony (read more about the award reception here), FCA staff also attended the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, and presented a session entitled “Family Caregivers: Policy Perspectives, Media Musings.  The Aging in [...]

Long-term Care Insurance: Seemingly Essential Yet Increasingly Unaffordable

When considering how to pay for your own or a loved one’s long-term care needs, long-term care insurance (LTCI) is often recommended as a way to help cover the costs. Assisted living care alone can cost a staggering 20K to 70K or more a year depending on what level of care is needed.

Medicare pays for [...]

The Biggest Gift You Can Give Your Family?

Family Caregiver Alliance

“Imagine you’re in a hospital and you can’t speak….soon you won’t be able to swallow or breathe. Who will speak for you?”

These questions are posed at the beginning of a video on the website for the National Healthcare Decisions Day, which is today, April 16th. The day exists to “to inspire, educate & [...]

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Caregiving Awards Ceremony

By Edrena Harrison, ACSW, Information Programs Specialist at the National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance

With support from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) recognized the recipients of the 2011 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards during the 2012 Aging in America Conference in Washington DC, during March [...]

How to Use Social Media to Bolster Emotional Well-Being

Family Caregiver Alliance

We previously summarized research by Age Lessons, United Healthcare, and the National Alliance for Caregiving. These reports, called “Home Tweet Home” and “e-Connected Family Caregivers” reported on the increased use of social media by Baby Boomers.

Today we want to highlight ways that social media can help to bolster emotional well-being. Family caregivers and [...]

2011 Best Of Awards in Family Caregiving

For the second year in a row, Family Caregiver Alliance announces our “Best of” awards focused on research, personal accounts, and media coverage of family caregivers during the past year.  The “Best of” awards are drawn from our “Family Caregiving 2011: Year in Review” report that is a compilation of the key developments during the [...]