What’s New

New Documentary on Huntington’s Disease: ‘The Lion's Mouth Opens’

Beginning June 1, HBO will premiere a short documentary on Huntington’s disease titled, “The Lion’s Mouth Opens.” Directed by Lucy Walker, the film tells the story of actress and filmmaker Marianna Palka, who courageously decides to undergo genetic testing to see if she carries the gene for Huntington’s disease, a debilitating hereditary neurological disorder, that many of her family members suffer from. A short trailer can be viewed online here.

URGENT! State Budget Action Alert

LEGISLATURE APPOINTS BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETINGS BEGIN
MONDAY, JUNE 1
URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO SUPPORT ASSEMBLY PROPOSAL FOR INCLUSION OF
$3.8M TO RESTORE FUNDING TO THE CRCS

May 26 ACTION ALERT: Continue to Help Restore CRC Funding

Join Family Caregiver Alliance TODAY in urging California state legislators to restore funding for the California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs), which were aggressively cut by $7.6 million, 74%, in 2009 – one of the largest cuts of any health and human services program! The total CRC allocation has gone from $10.5 million to the current funding level of $2.9 million to serve 6 million California family caregivers!

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.

Paid Sick Leave Passes California Senate

Congratulations to California workers! In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 30th, California became the second state (after Connecticut) to pass a paid sick leave bill, now awaiting signature by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill requires businesses to provide up to three paid sick days per year for employees who work 30 days or more—a great first step towards helping hardworking Californians. Sick days may be used to care for an employee's own illness, or for that of a family member (child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling).

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