Caregiving for a Spouse – social, emotional and physical issues

Family Caregiver Alliance

Abby and Earl have been married for nearly 40 years, raising children together and enduring the struggles and triumphs of a long life together. Now, at 65 years of age, Earl has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. While Abby has always made sure Earl had home-cooked meals, clean clothes and plenty of love, [...]

The 30 Minute Strategy

By Family Caregiver Alliance

“What makes the biggest difference to your health? What has the biggest return on investment?”

These questions are posed by Dr. Mike Evans in a popular YouTube video he created, “23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?” that over 2.4 million people have already [...]

27 Things You May not Know about Women and Caregiving

A review of caregiving research from 2011 focused on [...]

Family Caregivers Need Access & Training on Assistive Technologies

December 6, 2011

By Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

Editor’s Note: This post was originally featured on the Disability.gov Blog.

As the demographics shift to reflect an aging population, innovation abounds in the area of developing new assistive technologies to make life tasks easier for an individual with disabilities or for a family caregiver. [...]

Day 27: Caregivers: We Need to Work Together for Change

November 27, 2011

By Jenya Cassidy, Labor Project for Working Families

My 92-year-old grandmother recently fainted while walking to get her mail. She fell forward so hard she fractured bones in her face and arm. The fall and the low blood pressure that caused the fall disoriented her to the point where she forgot where [...]

Day 25: Respite: An Important Part of the Caregiving Journey

November 24, 2011

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

Have you ever wondered why before each plane takes off, a flight attendant prepares adult passengers, in part, by instructing them to put oxygen masks on themselves first and then on children in their care? One reason, of course, is if an adult passes [...]

Day 22: The Aging Services Network: Ready to Assist Family Caregivers

November 22, 2011

By Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist, U.S. Administration on Aging

Are you concerned about the well being of a family member or loved one? Do you assist a friend or family member with tasks like bill paying, transportation, grocery shopping, house cleaning, or more complex hands-on care? Do you need help [...]

Day 16: Next Step in Care: A Web-based Caregiver Manual for Navigating Transitions

November 16, 2011

By Carol Levine, Director of the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund.

In a focus group, Maria, a young woman caring for her father, complained, “When you buy a pet, you get an instruction book that tells you how to feed it, water it, and clean it – everything [...]

Day 15: “Family Caregivers Go on Strike, Stealing Attention Away From NBA Strike”

What if Family Caregivers Went on Strike?

November 15, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist at Family Caregiver Alliance

During the past 15 years, researchers have analyzed a number of topics around the impact of being a family caregiver.  There are plenty of data about the effect of caregiving on the caregiver’s health, including increased risks of depression, [...]

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 [...]