Connections October 2014

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


October 2014

Vol. 5, No. 10

"If you find it in your heart to care for someone else, you will have succeeded." -Maya Angelou

Here at FCA, we want to remind you how important your role is as a family caregiver. Although the road may not be easy, find solace in the fact that you are making a difference in someone's life.

October is LGBT history month, and we want to announce that FCA has partnered with several other organizations to provide an educational program for February 2015 on the caregiving issues and needs of diverse LGBT older adults with dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease from communities in the SF Bay Area, Peninsula and neighbor communities. Please stay tuned for more information! In addition, you will find several resources for caregivers as well as upcoming caregiver events/classes in the Bay Area.

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AJ Dugay

(Education Coordinator)


Lead Articles for Caregivers

How to care for your aging parents from a distance
PBS Newshour - 10/10/2014
Setting up care for an elderly loved one can be a tough task, but these steps can make it easier.

Resources in Spanish that could help thousands of older Hispanics spot financial exploitation and scams
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - 10/09/2014
Elder financial exploitation crosses all social, economic and cultural boundaries. Older Hispanics, like other older adults, increasingly are targets of financial abuse and scams by a broad spectrum of perpetrators.

When Angry Loved Ones Resist Caregivers
AARP - 10/09/2014
Older adults with dementia may lash out, compounding the challenges of caregiving and frustrating the caregiver.

How to pick a long-term-care facility when your loved one can’t live alone
PBS Newshour - 10/09/2014
Finding additional care for aging loved ones can be a daunting task for many families, but there are resources that can help.

Drugs used for anxiety, sleep are linked to Alzheimer's disease in older people
LA Times - 10/09/2014
Alzheimer's disease appears to be more likely in those who have intensively taken a class of drugs, benzodiazepines, widely used to treat insomnia and anxiety, says a new study.

When Alzheimer's Strikes: Losing Your Money Mind - 10/08/2014
...need to know whether the client has an employer-sponsored health plan covering care for dementia or a long-term care policy as well as how long-term...


Caregiving Information

Legal Issues for LGBT Caregivers
Family Caregiver Alliance - 10/15/2014
For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, certain legal and financial decisions become increasingly important as they age.

Free E-Book: The Aging Well Revolution
next avenue - 10/10/2014
Download the latest book about new options for how and where we'll live as we age.

HIPAA: Questions and Answers for Family Caregivers
UHF - 10/09/2014
This guide provides an explanation about HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), the federal law that protects personal medical information and recognizes the rights to relevant medical information of family caregivers and others directly involved in providing or paying for care.


FCA Presentations and Workshops

Latino Forum- Health for Family Caregivers on October 18
Family Caregiver Alliance - 10/09/2014
A FREE conference for Spanish speaking family and friends caring for someone with dementia or an aging loved one.

An Explorer's Guide to Understanding Dementia Webinar on October 29
Family Caregiver Alliance - 10/09/2014
FCA presents a webinar on real-life strategies for coping with dementia. Mary Hulme will describe her “Three Laws for Living with Dementia” while highlighting the importance of humor, creativity and experimentation in staying connected to anyone suffering from this illogical and vexing disease.

It Takes Two! in San Francisco in November through December
Family Caregiver Alliance - 10/09/2014
A four- week workshop for caregivers on understanding and coping with dementia behavior.

I Am Somebody: Dignity in Caregiving on November 17
Family Caregiver Alliance and Kimochi - 10/09/2014
A workshop for those caring for someone with memory loss.

I Am Somebody: Dignity in Caregiving on November 18
Family Caregiver Alliance and Kimochi - 10/09/2014
*(Bilingual session in English/Japanese)* A workshop for those caring for someone with memory loss.

SAVE THE DATE! February 20, 2015
Family Caregiver Alliance - 10/10/2014
Preparing for the Changing Horizon: Dementia Awareness and Caregiving for LGBT Older Adults from Diverse Communities.


Events in the Community

Living Well with Chronic Conditions in October through December
Stanford Health Care - 10/09/2014
A Stanford Self-Management Program.

A Panel Discussion On: Financial Elder Exploitation on October 22
Institute on Aging - 10/09/2014

Join us to find out:

What is financial exploitation of the elderly?

How do I know if a loved one might be a victim?

What are ways to prevent or address financial exploitation?

Where do I go for help?


Dementia and Capacity on October 23
BrightStar Care - 10/09/2014

-Understand what exactly Dementia is and what does it mean.

-Be able to identify the medical issues and diagnosis as well as treatment.

-To understand how ‘capacity’ is related to dementia and how this impacts elders.

-Learn how elders with dementia can avoid financial abuse when their capacity has been compromised.


Save the Date! 10th Annual Conference for Families: Alzheimer's Disease Circle of Care on November 8
Alzheimer's Associaiton - 10/09/2014
This annual education conference is designed to fit the needs of families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. It is also for professionals who would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, the challenges and hope for the future.

NEW EARLY ONSET GROUP starting November 18
Memory Care Cafe - 10/15/2014
A weekly activity and social club for people with forgetfulness and their care partners.

Health Fair on November 1 and November 22
University of the Pacific - 10/09/2014
For seniors and other medicare beneficiaries.

Healthier Living in October through December
San Francisco County - 10/14/2014
FREE 6-week workshop series developed by the Stanford School of Medicine for adults with chronic conditions and caregivers.


Research Opportunities For You

Caregiver Health-eBrain Study: Research to Improve Brain Health
health e-Brain Study - 10/13/2014

Are you one of the 15 million caregivers looking after a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia? Help scientists understand how the caregiving lifestyle impacts brain performance. Join the Caregivers’ Health-eBrain project and participate in an online study to assess your cognition. 30 minutes of your time is all it takes.


For more information or to join the study go to (study closed)


Life Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers (LEAF)
UCSF - 10/13/2014

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco are testing a program for family caregivers of people with dementia. Six positive emotion based skill-building sessions are delivered one-on-one via videoconferencing on study-supplied tablet computers, so caregivers can take part from anywhere in the USA. Study consists of six weekly hour-long sessions, nightly home practice, and online surveys. To be eligible, you must be the primary caregiver of someone with any type of degenerative dementia, and you must have consistent access to a reliable wifi connection for your weekly sessions. For more information, please access our website:, email us at: [email protected], or call (415) 514-2935.


Age Differences in Health-Related Behaviors of Family Caregivers
University of Kentucky - 10/13/2014

Researchers are seeking to learn about health and self-care behaviors of family caregivers. Eligible participants must be a primary caregiver to a relative 50+ with a chronic illness, disability, or terminal illness, provide 10+ hours of care per week, and have been a caregiver for at least 6 months. Information will be collected through an online survey which is estimated to take 20 to 25 minutes to complete. Following completion of the survey, participants have the option to receive a University of Kentucky promotional item. If interested, contact Natalie at [email protected] or access the anonymous survey using the link:


Young Adults as Family Caregivers
National Institute on Aging - 10/13/2014
Are you between the ages of 18 and 40 and caring for a relative with a chronic illness, disability, or terminal illness? Researchers at the University of Kentucky and Western Oregon University are seeking to learn more about how young adults assume the role of family caregivers and the effects of off-time caregiving on education, employment, and social relationships. Participation involves a 60 to 90 minute telephone interview and providing feedback on preliminary research findings via email. Participants will also receive a $25 check. For more information, contact Natalie at 859-218-2768 or Paula at 503-838-8065.

Do you have a family member who is near the end of life, and who lives away from you?
Oxford Brookes University - 10/13/2014

Oxford Brookes University is conducting a study exploring the views and experiences of people who have a family member nearing the end of life who lives away from them, making visits difficult, whether in a different town, state, or even a different country.


The views and experiences of distance caregivers are an under-researched area. This is why we need volunteers for a short online survey, so that we can learn what people who are providing support to such a relative need.


This study is part of a PhD at Oxford Brookes University (UK) and has been approved by England's National Health Service (NHS) Research Ethics Committee. All responses will be treated as strictly confidential and later anonymised.


If you would like to learn more about this study, or know someone who might, please follow this link:, or email the Chief Investigator Carolina at [email protected].



Special Announcements

FCA Releases Nine New Publications for Caregivers
Family Caregiver Alliance - 10/09/2014
Materials offer practical information, resources, care advice.

Make a Donation to FCA
Family Caregiver Alliance - 10/09/2014
Your tax-deductible donations to Family Caregiver Alliance will do more than you can imagine to bring information and services to the dedicated families who provide long-term care at home.

AmazonSmile Foundation - 10/09/2014
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