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A Physician's View of Caregiver Health

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. (See story, Legislative Hearing Shines Spotlight on Caregiver Health). 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 and Members of the Subcommittee:

Toileting (for dementia)

  • Set up the bathroom to make it as easy as possible for the person to get on to and off of the toilet, e.g. having a raised toilet seat and grab bars.
     
  • Notice when the person gives a sign about needing to use the toilet, e.g. agitation, fidgeting, tugging on clothing, wandering, touching the genital area. Have a routine and take the person to the bathroom on a regular schedule, e.g. every two hours. You may have to respond quickly if someone indicates they need to use the bathroom.
     

Gilbert Awards 2009: Recipients

 


Three Outstanding Programs Receive Their Gilbert Awards!


 


"... Art has an integral role to play in [...] enriching the lives of people affected by dementia and their caregivers. We are honored to accept this visionary award in the category of Creative Expression and thank the Alliance and the Foundation..."


 


Amir Parsa

Meet Me at MoMA


 


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a Toll-free National Caregiver Support Line

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Launched a Toll-free National Caregiver Support Line

"Caregiver Support"

Gilbert Awards 2008: Recipients

The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards: 2008 Awardees


Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards.


Gilbert Awards 2009: Recipients

The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Award: 2009 Award Recipients


Assistive Technology

Introduction


Sometimes called assistive devices, independent living aids, and adaptive equipment, assistive technology (AT) can help your loved one live more independently. Assistive technology may also make your job as a caregiver easier and more enjoyable.


Caregivers Count Too! - Section 2: Why Assess the Needs of Family Caregivers?

Why Assess the Needs of Family Caregivers?

Assessment builds caregiver morale and capacity:

  • Caregivers who have their needs assessed feel acknowledged, valued, and better understood by practitioners.
  • Caregivers gain a better grasp of their role and the abilities required to carry out tasks.
  • If the physical, emotional and financial strains on family caregivers become too great, care in the home may be seriously jeopardized.

It’s the key to care planning:

Adult Day Care for Alzheimer's: The First Day

The quiet stillness of morning had always been a soothing part of the routine Pat shared with her husband Tom. It was a private time for her to have her coffee, read the newspaper, and check emails. Tom rose a little later, made his own breakfast, and began to work at his desk. But now, with the progression of Tom’s Alzheimer’s disease, Pat counts her personal time among the many things which have slipped away. 

A Caregiver’s Pledge

  1. I will understand that I can’t care for anyone else if I don’t also care for myself. I will keep an image in my mind of putting the oxygen mask on myself first.
     
  2. I will remember that the only person I can change is myself. I cannot change my loved one who is ill, nor my family members.
     
  3. I will find opportunities to laugh, daily. These might come in movies, jokes, television, or with friends who can see the humor in my situation and remind me to do the same.
     

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