Mastering the Juggling Act

By Family Caregiver Alliance

Last week Arlene missed two days of work when she felt uncomfortable leaving her elderly mother home alone. Recently diagnosed with dementia, her condition makes Arlene fear that she will wander off, or accidentally hurt herself or damage her home while trying to complete a task as seemingly simple as making lunch. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Social Media and Nonprofits: Extra Work or A New Way to Do Work?

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist at Family Caregiver Alliance

Social media is quite the buzz in 2012, and many nonprofits may be wondering:

Is it worth the effort? Is it free? What are the benefits of creating a Facebook page?

As the administrator of Family Caregiver Alliance’s Facebook page, I’m going to share some of what we’ve learned [...]

A Rough Ride for California’s Caregivers

Editor’s note: There is a petition against the proposed cuts to the California Caregiver Resource Centers. You can view and sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/dont-balance-californias-budget-on-the-backs-of-family-caregivers

Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed FY 2012-13 budget this week, which calls for eliminating funding for the California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRC). The language used in the budget document [...]

A Caregiver Policy Wonk's Christmas List

At the recent AARP forum on caregiving, Jonathan Rauch suggested that we need a groundswell of support around caregiving in order to affect changes, not a “laundry list” of policy proposals to better support caregivers. While Rauch has a point, there’s also the old expression of “no askie, no gettie.” FCA will release its official [...]

30 Days of Caregiving: Illuminating the Backbone of Our Long-Term Care System

Family Caregiver Alliance is grateful for the guest bloggers who wrote for the 30 Days of Caregiving. We appreciate the time you took to share your knowledge, resources, perspectives, and personal experiences with family caregiving. We put all of the titles and organizations into wordle- a website that takes your text and makes it into [...]

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 18: Preventing Abuse and Neglect

November 18, 2011

By Elaine Chen, MSG, National Center on Elder Abuse

“I never expected to find myself in this position,” the woman told me with frustration overlying the sadness in her voice. Her mother, Mrs. P, had moved into an independent living community, and recently began displaying increasingly worrisome behaviors. The property managers called [...]

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 [...]