Day 29: Protecting Caregivers through Social Security

November 29, 2011

By John Jankowski, Research Analyst, Social Security Administration

Of the many effects that caregiving can have on the caregiver’s financial well-being, one of the most harmful—and often least discussed—is its effect on future retirement income. The typical caregiver spends a significant period of time outside of the workforce, which leads to a shorter work [...]

Day 28: Asking for Help

November 28, 2011

By Sarah Wells, Executive Director, National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

It can be hard to ask for help. I know this first-hand. I’m one of those people who tend to always say “yes”, never “no,” and really want to do things myself. I find it incredibly hard to imagine that someday I [...]

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 23: Life After Caregiving – Ireland’s Experience

November 20, 2011

By Liam O’Sullivan, Executive Director, Care Alliance Ireland

While there has been significant progress made in the past 20 years in the provision of state supports for caregivers in Ireland, we know little about the experiences of caregivers after their caring has ceased or changed in nature.

A recent report from Ireland on the [...]

Day 17: Assessing the Needs of Family Caregivers: An Outlook from Capitol Hill

November 17, 2011

By Senate Special Committee on Aging, Majority Staff

Despite their large numbers, family caregivers remain at the margins of our health and aging services system. It is time to give a voice to the 44 million people who provide long-term care to frail elders and disabled Americans. As the Baby Boom Generation moves into [...]

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 14: Participant Direction is Growing

November 14, 2011

By Elizabeth Maguire, MSW, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications, National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services

Have you heard about the emerging model of home and community-based services for older adults and people with disabilities? This model is called participant direction (sometimes referred to as consumer direction or self direction) and it gives people enrolled [...]

Day 12: Caregiving in the LGBT Community

November 12, 2011

By Scott French, SAGECAP Program Manager (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) CAP (Caring and Preparing)

Caregiving takes many forms. While we might think of caregivers as paid aides, in reality, the majority of caregiving in the U.S. is provided by informal caregivers, usually a spouse or child. In the [...]

Day 9: Helping Those Who Help Others

November 9, 2011

By Enid Kassner, Director of Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Supports at the AARP Public Policy Institute.

When I was growing up, my grandmother liked to say: “God helps those who help themselves.”  This was a woman who knew something about hard work – coming to this country at the age of 17 from Romania; [...]