July 2012 Technology Helps Seniors Stay at Home Leah Eskenazi, Operations Director of FCA, is quoted on introducing assistive technology devices to seniors experiencing memory loss. Mobile Kiplinger - July, 2012. EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published in the July 2012 issue of Kiplinger's Retirement Report.
February 2012 Healthy Ways to Cope With Caregiver Stress Kathleen Kelly, MPA, Executive Director at Family Caregiver Alliances, discusses how caregiving can lead to elevated levels of cortisol (stress hormone) and differences between men and women in caregiving. YouBeauty.Com-February 23, 2012.
The increasingly male face of caregiving Edrena Harrison, ACSW, Information Programs Specialist, discusses how demographics, geographically spread out families, and a greater willingness to self-identify are driving a trend of increasing numbers of male caregivers. Chicago Tribune-February 14, 2012.
Alzheimer's Research Gets Funding Boost Sean Coffey, MPA, Policy Specialist, discusses the recent announcement from the Obama Administration that the National Institutes of Health will immediately allocate $50 million in funding for Alzheimer's research and will propose an additional $80 million in his next budget for research and $26 million for outreach and caregiver supports. Kaiser Health News Capsules Blog-February 7, 2012.
November 2011 In caregiving, bond is often more important than blood Leah Eskenazi, MSW, Operations Manager at FCA, discusses how definitions of "family" in the U.S. have not "caught up" to recognize that caregivers are often friends, an especially problematic issue for the LGBT community. Chicago Tribune-November 30, 2011
October 2011 With CLASS out, future clouded for long-term care Sean Coffey, MPA, Policy Specialist at FCA, discusses HHS' decision to discontinue planning for CLASS (Community Living Assistance and Services and Support) and the fact that many people don't plan for long-term care (or financing it) until they become a caregiver. HealthyCal.Org- October 19, 2011
September 2011 Long term care program faces big hurdles Sean Coffey, MPA, Policy Specialist at FCA, discusses CLASS (Community Living Assistance and Services and Support) and the adverse selection challenges in designing the nation's first voluntary social insurance program. HealthyCal.Org- September 14, 2011
Checking a Caregiver's Background Leah Eskenazi, MSW, Operations Manager at FCA, discusses background checks for families who are hiring a caregiver. American Prospect- September 6, 2011
July 2011 The Many Costs of Elder Care Christina Irving, MSW, a Family Consultant at FCA, discusses the challenges of being a family caregiver and community supports for caregivers. NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook- July 28, 2011
May 2011 The Aging Caring for the Elderly Kathleen Kelly, FCA's Executive Director, discusses the challenges of being a family caregiver and strategies for family caregivers, including getting enough sleep, keeping up your own health, getting exercise, respite, staying socially engaged, and accepting help from others. CNN- May 10, 2011
February 2011 The Caregivers Survival Guide This article by Gail Sheehy cites FCA data about caregiving and depression. Woman's Day- February 8, 2011.
November 2010 Guide Support for Dying People This report by PBS FRONTLINE cites FCA's fact sheet "End-of-life Choices:Holding On and Letting Go." PBS FRONTLINE- November 2010
October 2010 Author calls for caregiver revolution This article about the new book the
"The Daughter Trap," highlights the work of FCA's Family Consultants who meet with caregivers one-on-one to assess their needs and connect them with resources. Chicago Tribune- October 11, 2010
The Coping Conundrum This article in Time cites FCA data that 30 to 40% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer's experience depression. Time Magazine - October 25, 2010
Caregiving Fact: Don't be afraid to say "Yes" if someone offers help; have a list handy of errands or tasks you need help with. And don't be afraid to say "No" to the demands of others when you are overwhelmed or need a break.
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