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.
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:
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.
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.
In honor of Veteran's Day tomorrow, we are posting an article written by FCA Family Consultant, Christina Irving, who attended and provided instruction to military caregivers at the 2014 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, earlier this year. She summarizes her experience below.
Congratulations to California workers! In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 30th, California became the second state (after Connecticut) to pass a paid sick leave bill, now awaiting signature by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill requires businesses to provide up to three paid sick days per year for employees who work 30 days or more—a great first step towards helping hardworking Californians. Sick days may be used to care for an employee's own illness, or for that of a family member (child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling).
In the early part of last month, FCA hosted a special retreat in San Francisco’s historical Stern Grove for Spanish-speaking caregivers. Typically, FCA’s retreats are in English, but we wanted to plan a special day for our caregiver clients that only speak Spanish.
“I have uterine cancer.” These were the words my mother spoke to me as I stood in the doorway of her bedroom in disbelief and shock. At first I thought she wasn’t serious. Maybe the tests had revealed a mistake. Maybe the lab results got switched with someone else.