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 [...]

The Future of Caregiving

By Kathy Kelly, Executive Director, and Ping Hao, Board President, Family Caregiver Alliance

Government, nonprofit, media, and business leaders from the Bay Area gathered earlier this week at FCA’s first annual Thought Leader Roundtable and Award Dinner.  The theme of the event, held at the University Club, was “The Future of Caregiving: Private/Public Partnerships.”  The [...]

Reverse Mortgages: The Good and the Bad

By Family Caregiver Alliance

Kathy, age 59, hates to see her mother Betty struggle with financial constraints. Since Betty’s husband passed away five years ago, her household income has been cut in half.   Kathy sees her mother struggling to pay for utilities, medication, food and other household expenses on her reduced income. While Kathy helps as [...]

In the Shadows . . .

Youth Caregiver, Kadniel, with his Grandmother

By guest blogger, Connie Siskowski (RN, PhD, President, American Association of Caregiving Youth), on behalf of Family Caregiver Alliance

“My dad isn’t working” was Eric’s only response – even with some gentle probing by a Family Specialist who is a licensed professional with the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) of the [...]

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 [...]

45 Facts on Family Caregivers from Research in 2011

As part of Family Caregiver Alliance’s report, “Family Caregiving 2011: Year in Review- A compilation of Research, Programs, Legislation, & Media Coverage” this brief highlights 45 data points based on research released in 2011 focused on family caregivers in the United States and Internationally.  The citations for all 45 facts are listed at the bottom [...]

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 [...]