Take Care! September 2017

 
September 2017

Like you, we understand that your role as a family caregiver is 24/7. For this year’s National Family Caregivers Month, we want to tell your story - what your day in the life of a family caregiver looks like. What are you doing at 2:00AM, 6:00AM, 4:00PM, or 10:00PM?

Send your stories to
info@CaregiverAction.org with the subject line "Caregiving Around the Clock," or share with the CAN community on our Caregiver Stories page.

Want a $75 Target gift card? Our next two workshops will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 9 and Fort Wayne, IN on October 14! Register TODAY.

If you're not in Arkansas, no worries, because we have five more workshops scheduled around the country: Fort Wayne, IN, Houston, TX, Beaumont, TX, Albany, NY, and Cooperstown, NY.

Many beneficiaries are confused by Medicare and a majority of people approaching Medicare eligibility say they have an inadequate understanding of the program. National Medicare Education Week (Sept. 15-21) offers educational events and resources to baby boomers, Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers.

Understanding Medicare is a CAN webinar designed to address the unique needs of family caregivers who help their loved ones navigate their Medicare enrollment decisions.

What happens when the patient’s wishes disagree with the doctor’s recommendations? Are end-of-life decisions the doctor’s or the patient’s?

Has your loved one been in an ICU recently? There’s something called post-ICU syndrome you should be on the look-out for. About half of ICU survivors develop some form of cognitive, psycho-social, and physical deficits in a condition known as Post-Intensive Care Syndrome, or PICS.

For richer or poorer. In sickness and in health. Caregiving takes its toll on marriages, and divorce rates are as high as 75%. So how can you keep the connections strong when feelings change?

Do you ever give yourself a break from caregiving? How do you find the time? Some families hire home care to provide respite and quality care for seniors, but what is a caregiver to do when their loved one refuses to cooperate with this new addition to their care plan?

Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced legislation in July to create a Care Corps demonstration program that is designed to provide support for family caregivers and help meet the growing demand for the care of aging and disabled Americans. To read more about the Care Corps, read THIS STORY.

One out of five workers is a caregiver, and 60% of family caregivers are employed full- or part-time. That’s why, according to a recent survey, caregiving is becoming a top priority among employers’ health and wellness benefits.

If your company is looking for ways to help its caregiving employees, tell your employer about Assisting Caregiving Employees (ACE) – CAN’s program designed to help major companies and organizations provide their caregiving employees with the resources they need to help with their caregiving responsibilities so that they can remain productive and healthy employees.
Does caregiving chip away at your optimism? Here, learn eight strategies to help improve your optimism.
 
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Are you looking to make your caregiving a little easier? Check out CAN's BRAND NEW 10 Tips for Family Caregivers infographic. One of our most popular resources all on one simple page. Share it with your friends!

Enter Ensure's Can Do Giveaway to help your wallet and your health. Good nutrition is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Seniorlink, Inc. introduced its VOICE Dementia Care Program, a training program designed to engage with and support family caregivers of patients suffering from dementia. The program is intended to help family caregivers remain vigilant with their own self-care and to keep active and engaged in supporting their sick family member.

Do you suffer from caregiver isolation? Research shows how damaging isolation and loneliness can be.

Are you feeling isolated? Unable to unburden yourself from your stress? Are you not sure what to do? Ask others who have walked in your shoes by visiting
CAN’s Caregiver Community to connect with other caregivers like you! CAN's community page has been re-designed to easily share messages and opinions with other caregivers. Find honesty through anonymity on CAN’s peer-to-peer caregiving community today.

How stressed does caregiving make you? Does it make you worry? Anxious caregivers, for all their good intentions, are often hobbled by their fears. How can fear be reduced to normal, manageable levels? Read HERE to find out.

Are you caregiving for a veteran? If so, you probably already know that only veterans injured after September 11, 2001 are eligible for the complete comprehensive caregiver benefit package through the VA. However, many veterans, veterans service organizations, and caregiver advocacy groups are working hard to change this unfair law and correct this inequity.

Does your loved one suffer from severe arthritis? If so, do you help them understand and adhere to their treatment plan? You are vital to arthritis management, and should be included in development of the treatment plan.

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