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A Caregiver’s Carol

December 20, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance

'Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house, not a caregiver was stirring, not even a mouse.
The loved ones were all tucked in and asleep,
Without any grumblings-not even a peep!

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.

30 Days of Caregiving: Illuminating the Backbone of Our Long-Term Care System

Family Caregiver Alliance is grateful for the guest bloggers who wrote for the 30 Days of Caregiving. We appreciate the time you took to share your knowledge, resources, perspectives, and personal experiences with family caregiving. We put all of the titles and organizations into wordle- a website that takes your text and makes it into word art (scroll down to see).

From daughter to friend

November 29, 2011

By Lucy Lazarony

I don’t remember when my mother forgot who I was. But I know she did.

Somewhere along the slowly sloping path of Alzheimer’s disease, she forgot I was her daughter. She forgot what “daughter” meant.

And so I became a friend. A friend that never stopped calling her “Mom.”

It wasn’t always easy to let her go.

Who knows you better than your mom? Who loves you more than your mom?  Who do you want to tell things to, more than your mom?

As her friend, I listened.

Day 29: Protecting Caregivers through Social Security

November 29, 2011

By John Jankowski, Research Analyst, Social Security Administration

Day 28: Asking for Help

November 28, 2011

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

Day 27: Caregivers: We Need to Work Together for Change

November 27, 2011

By Jenya Cassidy, Labor Project for Working Families

Day 26: Angels in the Workplace

November 26, 2011

By Sharon Cooper, M.Ed., Media Consultant, Hospice of St John

I glanced up from my note taking to look at the woman I was interviewing for the Hospice of Saint John’s 2012 video, noticing how radiant her face had become. As she continued to relay patient care stories, she grew less aware of my presence or that of the cameraman who was recording the moment.

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