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Articles authored by FCA staff or that mention FCA and/or its staff


June 5, 2015

FCA Guest Column (#13) for PBS NewsHour: How to let go when a loved one is dying
by Bonnie Lawrence, Family Caregiver Alliance

When illness is chronic or prolonged, or when pain, frailty and old age impact the quality of life, there are measures we can take to have our wishes respected, to share those wishes with others, and to request a dignified, comfortable death.


April 10, 2015

FCA Guest Column (#12) for PBS NewsHour: Want control at the end of your life? Here’s what you need
by Bonnie Lawrence, Family Caregiver Alliance

Who speaks for you if you are not able to speak for yourself? Who determines what kind of care you want at the end of life, how your finances are handled, how your estate will be distributed? You do … but only IF you’ve prepared ahead of time.


March 27, 2015

FCA Guest Column (#11) for PBS NewsHour: Tips for health and sanity that every caregiver needs

by Leah Eskenazi, Family Caregiver Alliance

If it seems we are facing an epidemic of parent care and spousal care needs, it’s true. We are. Approximately 10,000 baby boomers reach age 65 every day and lending a hand to help a family member or someone else in need is the right thing to do. But is there a price to pay?


February 19, 2015

FCA Guest Column (#10) for PBS NewsHour: Q&A: How do you pay for Long-Term Care?
by Bonnie Lawrence, Family Caregiver Alliance

Few families can afford the ongoing expense of in-home care, assisted living, or, especially, nursing homes, which now approach $100,000 per year in some parts of the country. Long-term care in the U.S. is confusing, there is no doubt about it, and trying to sort through the elements and options can be stressful. But there are some resources to help. Here’s a selection of frequently asked questions that we receive, along with recommended sources for further information. . . .


January 29, 2015

FCA Guest Column (#9) for PBS NewsHour: Why hospice care could benefit your loved one sooner than you think
by Leah Eskenazi, Family Caregiver Alliance

Most people would prefer to talk about wellness rather than illness, so we tend to avoid planning for advanced illness and ultimately death. One valuable, often overlooked, and generous Medicare benefit for those caring for a family member or friend is hospice care.


January 8, 2015

FCA Guest Column (#8) for PBS NewsHour: How emerging technologies can help with care for ill or frail family members
by Bonnie Lawrence, Family Caregiver Alliance

We get news every day of remarkable developments in the tech world that claim to make our lives better, easier, or more organized. For families and friends caring at home for ill or frail adults, innovations in health technology promise dramatic changes in the ways health care is delivered.


December 18, 2014

FCA Guest Column (#7) for PBS NewsHour: The secret ingredient for getting through holiday stress? Gratitude
by Leah Eskenazi, Family Caregiver Alliance 

Getting through the holidays can be emotionally draining, especially when you’re the caretaker for a loved one. Taking the time acknowledge what you’re grateful for can help you focus on the positives of the season.


November 28, 2014

FCA Guest Column (#6) for PBS NewsHour: A Sibling’s Guide to Caring for Aging Parents
by Bonnie Lawrence, Family Caregiver Alliance 

Caring for an aging parent alone is complicated. When your brothers and sisters are also involved, and when care, medical and financial decisions must be arrived at together as a team, caregiving can become even more complex.


November 7, 2014

FCA Guest Column (#5) for PBS NewsHour: How to hire in-home help when your aging parents don’t want to move
by Leah Eskenazi, Family Caregiver Alliance 

Karen’s 87-year-old mom finally agreed to have someone come in a few days a week to help with housekeeping, meal preparation and grocery shopping. Karen’s been asking her to accept help for months — ever since her mom’s heart problems began making it difficult for her to stand long enough to prepare a meal, let alone clean the house. But her mom kept saying that she didn’t want a stranger in the house and she didn’t want to move from her home. . . .


October 23, 2014

FCA Guest Column (#4) for PBS NewsHour: How to balance your career with the needs of an aging family member
by Kathleen Kelly, Family Caregiver Alliance 

Your boss has asked you to stay a couple of hours late to finish a project. In years past, this was not a problem — you stayed to help out. But now your 84-year-old father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, has moved in with you. He needs help preparing dinner and managing his numerous medications. He’s not safe on his own. What do you do?


October 9, 2014

FCA Guest Column (#3) for PBS NewsHour: How to care for your aging parents from a distance
by Leah Eskenazi, Family Caregiver Alliance 

Concern about mom or dad’s health and well-being is top of mind for many baby boomers today. Worrisome signs of your parent’s frailty, progressive memory loss or the decline in health require more and more of your help and attention. But what if you live a good distance away? Whether you live an hour away, in a different state, or maybe even in another country, caregiving at a distance presents very real challenges.


September 18, 2014

FCA Guest Column (#2) for PBS NewsHour: How to pick a long-term-care facility when your loved one can’t live alone
by Bonnie Lawrence, Family Caregiver Alliance

Our first column on Care Options focused on moving a parent or other relative who was still fairly independent into a new living situation as he or she needed a little more help with everyday tasks.  In this column, we’ll focus on more advanced care needs. You may be dealing with chronic or progressive conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, diabetes or congestive heart failure, or a sudden crisis like . . .


September 4, 2014

FCA Guest Column (#1) for PBS NewsHour: What is the best strategy for taking care of your aging parents at home? 
by Bonnie Lawrence, Family Caregiver Alliance

When Barbara T. made her usual Sunday visit to her mother, she was alarmed to see her 80-year-old mom with a black eye and large bruises on her arm. She had tripped on the stairs. Fortunately, she was not seriously injured, at least not this time. It wasn’t the first time she had fallen and, she confessed, she was having trouble with . . .


March 5, 2014

Setting the Pace for Identifying Family Caregiver Needs in Home- and Community-Based Services - Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Blog Author - The times, they are a-changing. Consumers and their family members are applauding a final rule for Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) programs released last month by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).


March 4, 2014

Alzheimer’s Communication Expert and Author Judith L. London, PhD. Featured in New York Times - New York Times columnist Jane Brody, in her Personal Health article, “Caring for the Caregiver” on Tuesday, February 18, turned to Dr. Judith London for her insights and recommendations on caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease . . .


March 3, 2014

Who Cares for Mom? Aging population taxes counties, sometimes leaving kids to fill the gaps. - Laura Arenschield, The Columbus Dispatch   Monday March 3, 2014 7:31 AM


January 16, 2014

No Two Families are Alike, But Guilt is Universal: While Every Caregiving Situation is Unique, Each Offers Common Lessons - An interview with Leah Eskenazi, MSW, Director of Operations for Family Caregiver Alliance.


October 31, 2013

The Male Caregiver, The Profile of an Expanding Role  - Edrena Harrison, a social worker and specialist for the National Center on Caregiving (part of the Family Caregiver Alliance), provides insight as to what's causing the number of male caregivers to increase.


Friday, November 15, 2013