FCA Blog

11/4: Family Caregiver Alliance’s ‘I am a Caregiver for my ______’ Social Media Initiative

In honor of November 2015 being recognized as National Family Caregivers Month, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is excited to announce the launch of its “I am a Caregiver for my ______” social media initiative, which is tailored to both acknowledge and support family caregivers that selflessly labor in our communities by annually providing approximately $470 billion of unpaid care.

11/3: Not Your Grandmother’s Caregiving

In the past five years there has been more attention to the issues of unpaid family caregiving like we have never seen before. An explosion of media attention from movies to memoirs has put a face on caregiving as seen through the recounting of personal experience. What are the trends that have converged to make this period a particularly dynamic one for this topic?

11/2: I am still here

FCA’s 30 Days of Caregiving blog features stories of caregiving as submitted by families across the country. Family caregivers are invited to send a story and a picture, and share their experiences with others through FCA’s website.

FCA thanks all the caregiving families that have shared their stories of love, loss, bravery, triumphs, community, humor, and sadness. These stories and tips for coping truly help others.


I am still here

 

11/1: What is Family Caregiving?

When I see my aging parents, I now know that I will be their family caregiver. Ten years ago, this phrase “family caregiver” would have been alien to me. I would have merely described that I am the only child so it’s only natural for me to want to make sure my parents are safe and happy in their golden years. 

Little did I know that a whole world exists in the phrase family caregiving. In fact, unbeknownst to them, one in six Americans are considered a family caregiver by policymakers and providers. It is a world that is difficult and lonely.

FCA Co-Founder, Suzanne Harris, Remembered

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our esteemed Co-Founder, Suzanne “Sue” Harris on February 21, 2015. Sue was a tireless advocate for family caregivers whether with policy makers, donors or researchers. She kept us honest to the mission and was a great friend. Sue will be remembered fondly and missed tremendously. Our condolences go out to her children Pete, Evan and Andy and their families.

FCA announces the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awardees

 The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance announces that four exceptional programs from California, Illinois, and Minnesota are the most recent recipients of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards. The 2014 awarded programs and their host organizations are:

Tech Comes Home: How Emerging Technologies Can Help Caregiving Families

New technology developments in health monitoring, tracking/alert systems, medication management and scheduling/organizing care have proven to be useful tools for families providing care at home for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, heart failure and other conditions. And FCA has long advocated for utilizing any and all tools—including the latest, digital apps—to assist family caregivers.

Caregiver Well-being, During the Holidays and Beyond

by Leanne Loughran, FCA Student Intern

Most caregivers discover that being responsible for the care of another person is not an easy task. Also, that it isn't really just one, but a series of numerous and often daunting tasks. Juggling work and family life on top of caregiving duties leaves little time to focus on your own needs and well-being.

PCORI-Funded Partnerships Examine How Best to Support Caregivers

by guest bloggers, Kristen Konopka, MPH, Courtney Clyatt, MA, and Susan Sheridan, MBA, MIM

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