Take Care! August 2017

August 2017
Tell Us YOUR Story!

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 Story Project page.

When did you first become a caregiver? Caregivers come from all ages and walks of life. Anyone can suddenly find themself as a caregiver with little or no warning or preparation. For these people, caregiving started at ages ranging from childhood to retirement.

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Register to attend by August 15th and you will be entered into a drawing to win an additional $75 gift card. Follow CAN on social media and you can be entered into the drawing again. Two winners will be selected, meaning you could win up to $225!

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.

Almost no one likes to be alone when they are sick. And according to recent research, caregiver presence and strong family engagement help patients adhere to their chronic care self-management plans.

People mean well. When someone has dementia, it is not uncommon for others to share their suggestions and ideas. Unfortunately, often this advice is unwanted or unhelpful. So how should you deal with unwanted advice?

Why is asking for and offering help so hard? Maybe it’s because the language of care is very tricky and fraught with emotion. But it always begins with love and dignity in the caregiver’s heart.

You may recognize Maria Menounos from E! News, but what you might not know is that while she was caregiving for her mom who had a brain tumor, Maria was diagnosed with one, too.

How often have we said that your health is just as important as your loved one’s? Here's another reason. A new UC Berkeley study shows what we’ve been saying all this time – that dementia patients may die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed.

Do you or the older loved one you’re caring for feel lonely? The impact of loneliness and its consequences in our society are beginning to receive more attention in the media. Why? Many older Americans are living alone, lacking contact, and suffering from social isolation.

Are you helping your parents age in place? It’s not easy when only 1% of homes are conducive to aging in place. But there’s a new toolkit of ideas that makes it easier to plan for changes.

Best Buy is launching a new “smart home” service in Minneapolis–Saint Paul aimed at helping adult children remotely check in on the health and safety of their aging parents. The service, called Assured Living, offers an in-home assessment with families to design the right array of monitors and devices, and family caregivers can receive information or alerts on their smartphones.

Do you use technology to help with your caregiving? In a new survey, 70% of caregivers said technology plays no role or only a minor one in their duties as a caregiver. In fact, many caregivers feel that current technology seems like too much of a hassle to even be bothered.

Does your employer offer paid family caregiver leave? Amid a fierce competition to hire and retain employees, Microsoft has introduced a new paid leave benefit, offering up to four weeks of time away from work for employees who need to take care of an ailing family member.

If you'd like information for balancing work while caregiving, check out CAN's

While staying physically active may be a challenge for seniors, getting them moving can help prevent and even reverse signs of frailty, and help increase their independence.

CAN University is made possible by HomeInstead.com.

CAN's Been Advocating for You!

CAN staff presented about caregiving at the following events in July:
  • Ovarian Cancer National Conference, Chicago, IL
  • ELE Live Healthcare Leadership Conference, Orlando, FL
  • Caregiving 101: The Essentials of Caring for Others, New York, NY

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is daunting, and the effects can last beyond caregiving’s end. There are so many things to deal with – violent outbursts, memory loss, sleepless nights, feeding, toileting, and wandering, just to name a few. All this makes many Alzheimer’s caregivers wonder, is Alzheimer's as hard on the caregiver as it is on the person with the disease?

If you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you may feel alone in your struggle, but you're not. Check out CAN’s Alzheimer’s caregiver videos to watch stories from fellow Alzheimer's caregivers.

Which disease do you fear most? If you’re like most America’s, it’s Alzheimer’s. Most are afraid of fading away or losing their identity. So how can you help a loved one with Alzheimer’s enjoy their life and not just fade away?

African-Americans are twice as likely as white Americans to develop dementia. Why? New research suggests it may be related to harsh life experiences which may leave African-Americans vulnerable to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Could you use financial assistance to help care for your aging loved one? If you live in Hawaii, you may be in luck! In July, Hawaii passed legislation that will provide working family caregivers with financial assistance to help pay for costs associated with caring for their elders.

Is caring for your loved one with cancer taking its toll on your health? A new report found that cancer caregivers suffer a steady decline in physical health compared to others.

If you’re caring for a loved one battling cancer, visit
CAN’s Help for Cancer Caregivers.

Is your loved one nearing the end of their illness? A new study by Cornell researchers has identified strategies that could help improve the quality of life for those that require palliative care at the end of their lives.

Caring for aging adults is difficult. According to a new study, aging adults approaching the end of life have, on average, 2.5 people assisting them. Yet those caring for adults at the end-of-life, especially spouses, are likely to report that they have no one assisting them and no time for themselves.

Have you ever experienced anticipatory grief? Once death is on the horizon, even just as a possibility, it is natural that we begin to grieve. Though we think of grief as something that happens after a death, it often begins long before death arrives.

Has your loved one passed on? You might feel relief that caregiving is over. That doesn’t make you a bad person – it makes you normal. Read CAN’s
Relieved and Guilty story, part of our Life After Loss series.

There is one thing everyone in Washington seems to be able to agree on – caregivers. There are promising legislative developments that focus on family caregivers. Read HERE why there is reason for optimism.

Among all the partisan bickering in Congress, there are some issues that should not been seen as a partisan. One of those issues is caregiving. That’s why amid the bills before Congress, Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), is trying to draw attention to the Credit for Caring Act, urging fellow lawmakers to pass the legislation.

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