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

Three exceptional programs from California, New York and Arizona are became 2009's recipients of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards. The programs were presented with the amount of $20,000 each and honored at the 2009 Gilbert reception held at the Aging in America national conference in Chicago, March 2010. The 2009 recipients are:


A Caregiver's Pledge

  1. I will understand that I can’t care for anyone else if I also don’t 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.

Caregivers Count Too! Section 2: 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:

Assistive Technology


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

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. 

Ten Real-Life Strategies for Dementia Caregiving

As caregivers, we often use intuition to help us decide what to do. No one ever gave us lessons on how to relate to someone with memory loss. Unfortunately, dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is counter-intuitive; i.e., often the right thing to do is exactly opposite that which seems like the right thing to do. Here is some practical advice:

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

First, Care for Yourself

On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.


Ask an Expert: Repeating

Dear FCA:

My husband Ted had a series of mini-strokes. He can carry on a conversation some times. But other times I've noticed that Ted gets "stuck" on a subject and tends to repeat the same thing over and over again. He could ask when dinner is 25 times or more. It's so frustrating. I don't know what to do to get through to him. If I get angry, it just seems to make him upset too. Can you offer me any advice?


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