Connections April 2014

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Lead Articles for Caregivers Caregiving Information FCA Presentations and Workshops Events in the Community Special Announcements


April 2014

Vol. 5, No. 4

“It is so important as a caregiver not to become so enmeshed in the role that you lose yourself. It’s neither good for you nor your loved one.” – Dana Reeve

Family Caregiver Alliance hopes that you are enjoying the warm weather and the beautiful Spring flowers. We understand how difficult it can be to be mindful of your individual needs when your mind is constantly thinking about your loved one and their needs. This edition of Connections includes FCA retreats for Family Caregiver's coming soon that are designed for you to take time to relax and rejuvenate while connecting with other caregivers. Additionally, below, you will find several other helpful resources for caregivers as well as events in the community that can increase your knowledge and strengthen your confidence to care for your loved one to the best of your ability.


AJ Dugay

(Education Coordinator)

Lead Articles for Caregivers

Younger Men As Caregivers
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register - 04/14/2014 due to a variety of social demographic factors," states the Family Caregiver Alliance. Ron Woods Jr. of Belmont is among this growing class...

How to Mentally & Financially Survive Taking Care of an Aging Parent
Moneyning - 03/27/2014
How to Mentally & Financially Survive Taking Care of an Aging Parent Elizabeth picks up the paper and tries to read it. Elizabeth picks up the...

Tax Rules of Hiring a Caregiver
Fox Business - 03/24/2014
The tax rules surrounding the employment of a caregiver can be confusing--not to mention costly if a mistake is made...

New generation of tech innovations aims to help elders stay healthy and connected
PBS - 03/24/2014
A new wave of tech startups have begun developing products for seniors and their caregivers...

Taking charge: Children bear the burden when elderly parents resist hired help
The Providence Journal (AP) - 03/23/2014
...uncompensated care given each year across the nation. The National Family Caregiver Alliance (NFCA) points out that the family caregiver devotes...


Caregiving Information

April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month
Family Caregiver Alliance - 04/14/2014
Read and pass along FCA's fact sheet on Parkinson's Disease and Caregiving...

The Brain & the Caregiver: Families at Risk
Eldercare Services - 04/14/2014
A few exercises that will assist you with keeping a healthy brain and body while caregiving...

FreeDem Films
FreeDem - 04/14/2014
Quirky animated films to allay fears around memory loss, promote brain health and address stigma associated with dementia.


FCA Presentations and Workshops

Harvesting the Spiritual Fruits of Caregiving as a Way to Cultivate Wellness Webinar on May 8
Family Caregiver Alliance - 04/14/2014
Family Caregiver Alliance is partnering with Seasons of Care™ to bring you a webinar designed to provide tools on caring for the caregiver.

Spanish Caregiver Retreat in San Francisco on June 5
Family Caregiver Alliance - 04/14/2014

Dése un respiro: Retiro para el Cuidador en Español en Stern Grove

¡Tómese el tiempo para oler las rosas,y tener tiempo para usted!


2014 Ardenwood Caregiver Respite Retreat in Fremont on June 9
Family Caregiver Alliance - 04/14/2014
"Take Time to Smell the Roses, and Take Time for You!"

VA Caregiver Program Webinar on June 18
Family Caregiver Alliance - 04/14/2014
Family Caregiver Alliance presents a webinar on the benefits that are available to those taking care of a veteran.


Events in the Community

Disaster Preparedness Planning for Family Caregivers Webinar on April 16
US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Administration for Community Living - 04/14/2014
This webinar will provide information to assist family caregivers in planning for emergencies and disasters.

Tiptoeing Through the Twilight Zone on April 17th
Access Services of the SF Public Library in association with Moonstone Geriatrics - 04/14/2014
An Explorer’s Guide to Understanding Dementia

Caregivers: It's Time for YOU!! on April 22
Support for Families of Chidlren with Disabilities - 04/14/2014
YOSAIF AUGUST, presents easy-to-use tools and techniques from his new book that will show you immediate steps you can take to reach for love and support.

8th Annual Senior Health and Wellness Resource Fair on May 1
The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District - 04/14/2014
Over 60 vendors from healthcare, transportation, estate planning, home care and other fields, all in one location!

FREE Cantonese Workshop: Quality of Life in Golden Years on May 3
Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care and Dignity Health - 04/14/2014
How to make health care decisions with your loved ones.

5th Annual Caregivers Count Conference on May 3
Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County - 04/14/2014
Presented by the Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County, the Caregivers Count! Conference will offer workshops and sessions on Self Care, Legal Issues, Advance Care Planning, Caregiver Fitness and Long-Term Care Resources.

16th Annual Updates on Dementia Conference: Translating Research Into Practice on May 6th
Alzheimer's Association - 04/14/2014
This annual education conference examines the latest research in the biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging and dementia with particular emphasis on work that will have practical applications to clinical practice.

Golf Fitness and Training for Stroke Survivors on May 20
American Stroke Association - 04/14/2014
You're invited to participate in a FREE program of the American Stroke Association for stroke survivors and their caregivers.

9th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse on May 20
Legal Assistance for Seniors - 04/14/2014
Presented by Legal Assistance for Seniors at UC Hastings College of the Law


Special Announcements

Thank you to our donors!
Family Caregiver Alliance - 04/14/2014
Charitable contributions are a vital part of the community support for Family Caregiver Alliance. We are pleased to list the following donors whose gifts were received from October 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014, many towards our 2013 Fall Appeal. We thank our donors for their generosity and community spirit.

AmazonSmile Foundation - 04/14/2014
Click the link to enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when you shop, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Family Caregiver Alliance!

Exercise and Memory Training Study
VA Palo Alto - 04/14/2014
Study participants needed for exercise and memory training in older veterans with memory problems.

UCSF - 04/14/2014
UCSF is conducting a 6-month exercise study for caregivers of Alzheimer's or dementia patients.

USF Volunteer Opportunity!
USF - 04/14/2014
For people over the age of 60 in San Francisco.


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