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Online applications now open for the 2015 Gilbert Awards

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), with the ongoing support of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, is pleased to announce that online applications for the 2015 Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards are now open.

This will be the eighth year the $20,000 prize has been awarded in each of three categories: Creative Expression, Diverse / Multicultural Communities, and Policy and Advocacy.

FCA applauds Senate passage of the Older Americans Act

FCA applauds the Senate passage of the Older Americans Act that reaffirms the need for supporting older adults and their family caregivers. With the shifting demographics across the country and the growing need to support the 40 million unpaid caregivers that contribute an estimated 37 billion hours of care, the Older Americans Act contains vital services and support to those family members, neighbors, and friends who form the community network of care to enable older adults to remain in the community.

‘How to find care for LGBT seniors’: a new PBS NewsHour article by FCA’s Leah Eskenazi

I clearly remember the first time I met Herb. He had beautiful white hair framing a handsome face with an inviting smile. But he greeted me with decidedly exhausted eyes.

New FCA Guest Column for PBS NewsHour

[Editor’s Note: “How to let go when a loved one is dying” is the title and subject of a new article by FCA‘s Bonnie Lawrence featured on the PBS NewsHour website.]

Spring 2015 Letter to FCA Friends and Supporters

Dear Friend of Family Caregiver Alliance,

Spring is upon us, traditionally a time for renewal and revitalization. For Family Caregiver Alliance, it’s a time for action! Action that raises awareness and provides much needed support for family caregivers (adult children, spouses, partners, and friends caring for loved ones with chronic and progressive diseases or illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, stroke, ALS, Parkinson’s disease or Traumatic Brain Injury).

Kathleen Kelly on Caregiving in blog and upcoming Twitter Chat

Family Care Giver Alliance / National Center on Caregiving Executive Director Kathleen Kelly has written a blog on Caregiving Issues for the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). In her posting Kelly addresses what can be done to mitigate potential elder abuse by caregivers.

Event Invitation: The Diverse World of Family Caregiving

The IOM Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults invites you to a public workshop on the diversity of family caregiving issues. The event will be held Friday morning, April 17 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies in Irvine, CA. 

 

Help us Meet a Holiday Challenge Grant!

Family Caregiver Alliance has received a challenge grant of $12,000 to match with contributions from our supporters by the end of the year.

FCA Client Kathy Warren Featured on CBS Sunday Morning

On October 19th, CBS Sunday Morning aired a program entitled, Aging in America: Stuck in the Middle about families who are not poor enough to qualify for subsidized home care or adult day care nor rich enough to purchase those services privately. FCA client Kathy Warren, who cares for her father, is featured on the program.

A Caregiver’s Bill of Rights

I have the right . . .

  • To take care of myself.  This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capacity of taking better care of my relative.
     
  • To seek help from others even though my relative may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
     
  • To maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she were healthy. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and I have the right to do some things for myself.
     

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