Food for Thought: Nutrition for People Living With Dementia

Family Caregiver Alliance – Leah Eskenazi

Two years ago, Anna’s 84-year old mother was diagnosed with an Alzheimer’s type dementia. As the disease progressed, Anna was increasingly finding spoiled food in her mother’s refrigerator.

Now, though she claims she is eating just fine, Anna’s mother cannot seem to recall what she’s most recently eaten. Anna [...]

How Medicaid Can Help With Medical Expenses For Seniors

By Family Caregiver Alliance

Larry’s elderly father is struggling to make ends meet. After moving into a senior apartment complex after the death of his wife and living largely off of his social security income, his father’s finances are tight.  Larry is helping to find ways to pay the monthly rental fee, buy groceries [...]

Three Reasons for Adult Children to Plan Ahead for Parental Long Term Care

Family Caregiver Alliance

David, age 58, knows that his parents will soon begin to need more help. Already in their 80’s, they’ve been fortunate to maintain their health and ability to live independently for all this time, but David worries about what will happen in case of a medical emergency or the need for long-term care. [...]

New Caregiver Protections for Military Families Are a Step in the Right Direction

(Photo inset by James Spellman, Jr., Travis AFB Public Affairs)

Family Caregiver Alliance

by guest blogger, Sarah Crawford (Director of Workplace Fairness, National Partnership for Women & Families)

Our nation’s service members make enormous sacrifices for our country – and so do their families. When a parent, spouse, child or sibling is deployed, family members often must [...]

“Parenting” Your Elderly Parents

by Family Caregiver Alliance

Mary, a 54-year old mother of two college-age children, has begun helping her mother Betsy with daily tasks and doctor’s appointments. She visits each morning to ensure her mother has showered, gotten a good breakfast and taken her morning medications. Since her mother’s recent diagnosis with beginning stages of dementia, Mary has [...]

The Role of ‘Home’ in Caregiving – The Role of Partnerships in the Future of Caregiving

By Guest Blogger Susanne Stadler, Co-Founder of At Home With Growing Old; Architect and Owner of Stadler Architecture.

At last week’s ‘Thought Leader Roundtable and Dinner’ Family Caregiver Alliance of San Francisco kicked off a discussion on the future of care giving by looking at the potential that private and public partnerships can provide.  This comes [...]

Connected Caregivers

By Andrea Orvik, E-Communications Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance

With its proximity to Silicon Valley and corporate technology giants like Apple, Adobe, Cisco, Google and HP, San Francisco  is known as a very connected city. Now, with an important partnership between San Francisco’s Department of Aging and Adult Services and the city’s Department of Technology, a goal [...]

Five Common Pitfalls of the Hospital Discharge Process

By Christina Irving, MSW, Family Consultant at Family Caregiver Alliance

Last week, Carole’s 78-year-old mother was admitted to the hospital after a fall in her home led to a broken wrist. For days, Carole has been going back and forth to the hospital, ensuring that her mother was comfortable and recovering from her fracture and subsequent [...]

LGBT Caregivers: What Does the Future Hold?

By Family Caregiver Alliance

Earlier this week, President Obama became the first president of the United States to endorse gay marriage. While the immediate effects of his endorsement aren’t clear, there is a possibility that this endorsement may carry over to changing policies that affect LGBT caregivers in long-term care programs like Medicaid. This post highlights unique [...]

The Future of Caregiving

By Kathy Kelly, Executive Director, and Ping Hao, Board President, Family Caregiver Alliance

Government, nonprofit, media, and business leaders from the Bay Area gathered earlier this week at FCA’s first annual Thought Leader Roundtable and Award Dinner.  The theme of the event, held at the University Club, was “The Future of Caregiving: Private/Public Partnerships.”  The [...]