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Vision Loss and Blindness

Nearly 3.5 million Americans over 40 have some degree of vision loss, most commonly from age-related conditions. This number is expected to double in the next few decades as the baby boomers grow older.

Most people with age-related vision loss will not become completely blind; instead they will experience partial or moderate loss of vision. They may need to develop new skills to remain self-reliant. This Fact Sheet discusses age-related vision loss and how you, as caregiver, can help your loved one adjust to the challenges.

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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Other Recommended Caregiving Webinars

Other Recommended Caregiving Webinars

Webinars not directly sponsored or produced by Family Caregiver Alliance, but helpful to Caregivers themselves or professionals in the caregiving industry will be posted here.

There are currently no external webinars being posted.

AoA Announces Availability of Approximately $2.25 Million for Lifespan Respite Care Programs

AoA Announces Availability of Approximately $2.25 Million for Lifespan Respite Care Programs

The deadline to apply is June 7, 2010


Legislative Update

The 107th Congress adjourned November 21, 2002 and reconvened for the 108th Congress January 7, 2003. Before adjournment, Congress usually approves the annual appropriations bills that fund government-wide operations that include the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) and other health programs. For fiscal year 2003, however, Congress departed from this tradition and simply extended current year funding levels and deferred debate on the spending bills until February 2003.

La Demencia con Cuerpos de Lewy (Dementia with Lewy Bodies)


La demencia con cuerpos de Lewy (DCL) es una enfermedad o síndrome degenerativo y progresivo del cerebro. Comparte algunos síntomas con otras varias enfermedades y a veces se superpone con éstas  sobre todo con dos enfermedades comunes entre los ancianos: el Alzheimer y el Parkinson.

A Physician's View of Caregiver Health - Archive

A legislative hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Aging and Long-Term Care in Sacramento focused attention on strategies to support family caregivers in California. The session looked at future and current caregiver needs and the unique demographic trends that impact this important public health issue. Dr. Moira Fordyce was a key spokesperson. Below is her testimony.

Senator Alquist (now retired) and Members of the Subcommittee:

Books to Help Children

When Children Grieve, John W. James, Russell Friedman and Dr. Leslie Landon Matthews
To watch a child grieve and not know what to do is a profoundly difficult experience for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Yet, there are guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong, healthy response to loss.

In When Children Grieve, the authors offer a cutting-edge volume to free children from the false idea of "not feeling bad" and to empower them with positive, effective methods of dealing with loss.


Diagnosing Dementia

What does it mean when someone is said to have dementia? For some people, the word conjures up scary images of “crazy” behavior and loss of control. In fact, the word dementia describes a group of symptoms that includes short-term memory loss, confusion, the inability to problem-solve, the inability to complete multi-step activities such as preparing a meal or balancing a checkbook, and, sometimes, personality changes or unusual behavior.


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