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 [...]

The Unintended Consequence: Elderly Prisoners

Prisons across United States are facing an epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease across their elderly population.

Our earlier blog summarized Pam Belluck’s New York Times piece, “Life, With Dementia”. It has sparred greater interest, and we wanted to post another, more detailed blog on the topic.

A recent Human Rights Watch study, “Old Behind Bars: The Aging [...]

“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.  [...]

Prison and Dementia: New Story and Video about A Hidden Population of Those with Dementia and Their Caregivers

By Kathy Kelly, MPA, Executive Director at Family Caregiver Alliance

As part of the Vanishing Mind series about Alzheimer’s in the New York Times, an article and video entitled, Life, With Dementia is a compelling account of a hidden population of prisoners with Alzheimer’s disease. The prison profiled in the video is in California where [...]

Testimony for the California Assembly Select Committee on Disabilities

February 23, 2012

By Kathleen Kelly, MPA, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance on behalf of the 11 Caregiver Resource Centers and 5.8 million family caregivers in California.

Good afternoon, Chairman Chesbro, members of the committee and distinguished panel members. Thank you for allowing me to speak about the California Caregiver Resource Center system that is now at [...]

Quarters for Caregivers

Editor’s note: This blog posting is cross-posted with the California Work & Family Coalition blog.  FCA is a member of the California Work & Family coalition, which advocates for improved laws, policies, and programs to support caregivers in California.

By Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

Total dollar valuation of unpaid services per family caregiver per [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]