FCA Celebrates Family Caregivers
SAN FRANCISCO-11/01/01- In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, November 1 through 30th, 2001, Family Caregiver Alliance announces:
- The release of seven specially commissioned public policy briefs spotlighting emerging trends in long-term care;
- Al Dia, a new free newsletter written in Spanish for caregivers;
- Two updated FCA Fact Sheets with essential statistics on Long-Term Care and Caregiving; and
- A new online support group for those suffering from Huntington's disease and other movement disorders, and their families.
The policy briefs, commissioned for FCA's October invitational state leadership policy conference, focus on issues central to current discussions of long-term care and caregiving, including the financing of long-term care; work and eldercare; the implications of the Olmstead Act; shortages of trained workers; respite care; and paying families to provide care. Executive Summaries of the briefs can be found on FCA's website.
Al Dia, Family Caregiver Alliance's new, free newsletter written in Spanish for family caregivers, was launched in October and will be published three times a year. Articles cover caregiving concerns, information on workshops and support groups, helpful community services and advice on how to care for a loved one affected by Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's or other conditions. For more information or to subscribe to Al Dia, call Jill Nielsen at Family Caregiver Alliance, (800) 445-8106, or send an email to [email protected].
FCA's Fact Sheets on Selected Long-Term Care Statistics and Selected Caregiver Statistics provide a quantitative overview of the population that requires long-term caregiving and the type of support services a chronically-ill or incapacitated individual and his or her family caregiver may require over time. Statistics on age, gender, ethnicity and costs are included. Each Fact Sheet concludes with a list of sources. Fact Sheets are available for free on FCA's website, http://www.caregiver.org/factsheet.html, or can be obtained by sending $1 per title to Family Caregiver Alliance, 180 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA, 94104.
Family Caregiver Alliance's new Huntington's Disease and Movement Disorders Online Support Group is for individuals, family members, friends and professionals involved with Huntington's disease or other movement disorders (such as Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Freidreich's Ataxia). The group, facilitated by two professionals with extensive experience in the area of HD and movement disorders, provides a supportive environment for participants to share experiences and ideas with others facing similar challenges. Participation is free, available 24 hours a day, and open to an international audience. For more information or to register, visit http://www.caregiver.org/hd_online.html.
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance is a nationally recognized information center on long-term care and the lead agency in California's statewide system of Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs). Services include information, publications, educational programs, care planning consultations, respite assistance, research and program development. Additionally, through its National Center on Caregiving, FCA works to advance the development of caregiver support programs in every state in the country.
For more information, visit www.caregiver.org, call Family Caregiver Alliance at (800) 445-8106, or email [email protected].
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