The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Awards Ceremony and 5th Year Celebration

By Edrena Harrison, ACSW, Information Programs Specialist at Family Caregiver Alliance

From Left to Right: Kathleen Sullivan (Seniors Services, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center), Martin H. Blank, Jr. (The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation), Kirsten Johnson, (“What is A Caregiver?” campaign, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation) and Anne Basting (TimeSlips, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

In June 2007, [...]

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 [...]

45 Facts on Family Caregivers from Research in 2011

As part of Family Caregiver Alliance’s report, “Family Caregiving 2011: Year in Review- A compilation of Research, Programs, Legislation, & Media Coverage” this brief highlights 45 data points based on research released in 2011 focused on family caregivers in the United States and Internationally.  The citations for all 45 facts are listed at the bottom [...]

“You’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t”: Making a Film in an Alzheimer’s Unit

Our guest blogger is Scott Kirschenbaum, a filmmaker based in San Francisco, CA. His documentary “You’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don’t,” will premiere nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

In the fall of 2008, I wrote a screenplay I intended to film entirely in an Alzheimer’s Unit.  [...]

Don’t Balance the California Budget on the Backs of Family Caregivers

In Governor Brown’s proposed FY 2012-13 budget, funding for the 11 state-wide California Caregiver Resource Centers would be completely eliminated.

The Caregiver Resource Centers offer much-needed support in a variety of ways to informal caregivers who are oftentimes overwhelmed, physically, emotionally, and financially, with their caregiver responsibilities.

The California Caregiver Resource Centers are asking family caregivers throughout [...]

From daughter to friend

November 29, 2011

By Lucy Lazarony

I don’t remember when my mother forgot who I was. But I know she did.

Somewhere along the slowly sloping path of Alzheimer’s disease, she forgot I was her daughter. She forgot what “daughter” meant.

And so I became a friend. A friend that never stopped calling her “Mom.”

It wasn’t always easy to [...]

Day 21: A Perspective on Caregiving from the Foundation Level

November 20, 2011

By Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation

I remember the day that my grandmother came to live with us. Grandma Shirley had Alzheimers Disease. She was no longer able to live independently. Growing up I had always looked forward to trips to New York. She had [...]

Day 13: The Best Decision I made as a Caregiver

November 13, 2011

By Lucy Lazarony

My mother Jean has been attending an adult day center run by Alzheimer’s Community Care in Boca Raton, Fla. since June 2006.

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in September 2005 and choosing to enroll her in a specialized adult day center is the best decision I have ever made as [...]

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 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 [...]