Connections July 2014

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


July 2014

Vol. 5, No.7

"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival."

- Audre Lorde

Summer is the time when many people head out on vacations; but for most caregivers, getting away for even a couple of hours can be challenging. Finding time to take of yourself is difficult but necessary when you're a family caregiver. When you spend even ten minutes going for a walk, sitting outside, or talking to a friend, you'll replenish your energy levels. In this issue of Connections, we have included helpful information on self-care for caregivers, including a fact sheet, upcoming events where you can connect with others, and articles that offer guidance to caregivers.


AJ Dugay

(Education Coordinator)

Lead Articles for Caregivers

Applications Now Open for the 2014 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards
Family Caregiver Alliance - 07/15/2014
Three awards of $20,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, government agencies or universities responding to a community need with a program or project which focuses primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The applications are due on August 22nd at 5 pm PST.

Aging as a family team – How to support seniors as a partner in caregiving
erickson resource group - 07/15/2014
Watching a spouse decline physically and mentally is hard. After years of perfecting a balance of give and take, division of tasks, and most importantly trust and friendship, a spouse may find it nearly impossible to admit that their wife or husband’s health is deteriorating and that they need help.

Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad
NPR Blogs - 07/08/2014
...will matter more. With family size shrinking, there are fewer kids to take care of a rapidly growing number of elderly people. So they will need...

When I Walk - A Documentary on Living with MS
PBS - 07/01/2014
When I Walk is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life.


Caregiving Information

A Caregiver's Bill of Rights
Family Caregiver Alliance - 07/15/2014
I have the right . .

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers
Family Caregiver Alliance - 07/15/2014
Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.


FCA Presentations and Workshops

Memory Care on July 17
SteppingStone - 07/15/2014

Location: St. John the Evangelist

1661 15th St at Julian Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103


Speaker: Christina Irving, LCSW, Family Caregiver Alliance


For more information, contact Audrey Dang at SteppingStone, 415-974-6784, ext 16.


Dementia 101 for the Caregiver on July 21
Family Caregiver Alliance - 07/15/2014
This discussion will cover basic understanding of dementia and how it affects an individual and some tips for caregivers on how to cope with these changes.

Relationships: The New Medicine for Dementia- Webinar on July 30
Family Caregiver Alliance - 07/15/2014
FCA presents a webinar on non-pharmacologic interventions for the treatment of people with dementia.

There Must Be a Better Way Than This on August 7
Family Caregiver Alliance - 07/15/2014

Offers tips for understanding and communicating with someone affected by dementia.


Presenter: Christina Irving, LCSW

Where: Rosener House, Menlo Park

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Contact the Education Coordinator to register at 800-445-8106 ext. 313 or email [email protected] with your name and the class that you are signing up for.



Events in the Community

Dementia Care Strategies for Family Caregivers on July 21
San Carlos Adult Day Services - 07/15/2014
This two-hour overview introduces the latest, most effective strategies for dementia care.

Living with Alzheimer's Educational Group beginning October 8
UCSF/Alzheimer's Association - 07/15/2014

This 3-part series is open to individuals who are caring for a loved one with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Simultaneous sessions for individuals with early stage Alzheimer's.


All workshops held at UCSF Mission Bay.


To register: contact Joanne Robinson-Teran at 800.272.3900.



Special Announcements

Thank You to our Donors!
Family Caregiver Alliance - 07/15/2014
haritable 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.

Dementia Caregivers Needed to Participate in Graduate Study
California State University Dominguez Hills - 07/15/2014
Relationship Between Meaningful Activities and Caregiver Burden.

Grad Study: Caregivers of Individuals with TBI
Illinois Institute of Technology - 07/15/2014
To participate you must be 18 or older, and be a family caregiver for someone with a TBI or have a TBI yourself.

Grad Study: Professional Caregiver to Spousal Caregiver
- 07/15/2014
Study of professional caregivers who have now found themselves in the role of a spousal caregiver.

Anticipatory Grief Study: Caregivers of Terminally Ill Invited to Participate
University of Northern Colorado - 07/15/2014
Survey for caregivers of an individual who is living with a terminal condition.

Usability Impact of Injection Devices
San Jose State University - 07/15/2014
10-minute survey regarding the use of medical injection devices at home.

Caregiver Healthcare Assistance Project
University of Missouri-St. Louis - 07/15/2014
Survey research for women aged 18-69 who help an older friend/ family member with their medicines and healthcare.

Research Study on Living Alone in Older Age with Memory Loss
UCSF - 06/16/2014
If you know someone 65 years of age or over who lives alone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or mild cognitive impairment, and may be interested in participating in this study, please share this information with them.

UCSF Seeking Family Caregivers for Fitness Study
UCSF - 07/15/2014
The UC San Francisco Fitness, Aging, and Stress Study is a 6-month exercise study for family caregivers.


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