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 [...]

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 [...]

Advocacy, Media, and Policy for Caregivers at the 2012 Aging in America Conference

Last month, staff from Family Caregiver Alliance traveled to Washington, DC for the 2012 Aging in America Conference. In addition to our Gilbert awards ceremony (read more about the award reception here), FCA staff also attended the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, and presented a session entitled “Family Caregivers: Policy Perspectives, Media Musings.  The Aging in [...]

2011 Best Of Awards in Family Caregiving

For the second year in a row, Family Caregiver Alliance announces our “Best of” awards focused on research, personal accounts, and media coverage of family caregivers during the past year.  The “Best of” awards are drawn from our “Family Caregiving 2011: Year in Review” report that is a compilation of the key developments during the [...]

Ghost of VP’s “Caregiver Initiative” Forces President Obama into Action

Dear Readers: It’s April Fool’s Day- but wouldn’t it be wonderful if some of these were true?

US Supreme Court Justice Finds Hidden Section of the Affordable Care Act Creating ‘Caregiver Czar’
John Smith, a spokesperson for the United States Supreme Court, confirmed rumors today that Supreme Court Justice Kennedy found a previously unknown section of the [...]

FCA Meets with State Senators and Assemblymembers to discuss California Caregiver Resource Centers

As you are probably aware, Governor Brown’s proposed budget for FY 2012-13 would completely eliminate funding for the 11 state-wide California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs).

Family Caregiver Alliance: Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center is one of the 11 CRCs.   During the past month, staff from FCA have met with our elected officials and their staff members [...]

New Resources to Raise Awareness of California Paid Family Leave

Editor’s note: This posting originally appeared on the California Work & Family Coalition blog.

By Vibhuti Mehra, Labor Project for Working Families

This year, we are celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the passage of a pioneering law for California’s working families. In 2002, a coalition of unions and community organizations including the Labor Project for Working [...]

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 [...]

Formalizing “Person and Family-Centered” Care in Healthcare

Editor’s note: Jane Gross recently asked on the New York Times ‘The New Old Age’ blog if family caregivers were “mad as hell?” Kathleen Kelly, the executive director of Family Caregiver Alliance addresses this question in her post below.

December 23, 2011

By Kathleen Kelly

Currently there is only one program for adults – hospice services – that [...]

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 [...]