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Living with Incontinence: Social and Emotional Challenges

Most people who live with incontinence do not tell anyone about it, often not even their doctor(s) and especially not their friends. Family members might be the ones to bring up the subject, especially if the house is beginning to smell or furniture is soiled. It’s not an easy conversation to have.  If you are faced with incontinence, know that you are not alone. One in 15 million Americans are searching for ways to deal with this very personal issue. Here are typical feelings associated with continence issues and some coping strategies to consider:

2013 Awardees of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving

The 2013 winners, chosen at the close of last year, are described below. The organizations are expected to receive their awards from Family Caregiver Alliance and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation this week at the American Society on Aging's Aging in American Conference held all this week,  March 11-15, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. 

Caregiving 101: Exploring the Complexities of Family Caregiving

El Portal

El Portal is an outreach program of the Alzheimer's Association aiming to build partnerships in the Latino community.

Organization:

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

How does it work?

Caregiving and Veterans

Caregiving and Veterans

Whether it's former "empty-nest" parents resuming a caregiving role for unmarried children returned home as injured veterans, or a spouse of a veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the responsiblities of the veteran's caregiver can become incredibly overwhelming—mentally, emotionally and physically. With today's medical care system and technologies, we're seeing more veterans living longer lives—but often accompanied by injuries, psychiatric issues and/or physical impairments.

First Steps for New Caregivers

When you're starting out as a family caregiver, it's hard to know where to begin. Perhaps you've only recently realized that a loved one needs assistance, and is no longer as self-sufficient as he or she once was. Or perhaps there has been a sudden change in a loved one's health.

Now it's time to take action, and take stock of the people, services and information that will help you care for your loved one. The earlier you find support, the better.

Social Care Interface in Early Stage Dementia . . .

Social care interface in early stage dementia: Practitioners' perspectives on the links between formal and informal networks

Citation Carpentier, N., Pomey, M, Conteras, R., & Olazabal, I. (2008) Social care interface in early stage dementia: Practitioners' perspectives on the links between formal and informal networks. Journal of Aging and Health, 20 (6), 710-738.

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Sara Kruse: Going the Extra Mile

At FCA, we always need help with mailings, filing, organizing the library, tabulating survey results and sorting out our many materials, so when Sara Kruse approached FCA’s Program Director Donna Schempp to ask if we needed volunteer help, we were thrilled.

Sara started coming to the office once a week and soon became invaluable to the workings of FCA. She has helped us for the past three years, but she is now moving to the Northernmost part of California, and will be sorely missed around the office.

Be Wise, Immunize! - Chinese

Preparing for Change: New Options for Prescription Drug Coverage

Purchasing prescription drugs has long been a complicated and expensive process for many American consumers, and it’s about to get a whole lot more complicated.

The Medicare program is rolling out its prescription drug benefit, Medicare Part D, on January 1, 2006.  The intention is to provide prescription drug benefits for more than 42 million elderly and disabled people.  and ease the high cost of prescription medications for many of us.

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