family caregivers

Mom, Pop & the CARE Act

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAs I recently told Ron Fournier of the National Journal, the memories of Mom and Pop are part of what drive me in my work to support family caregivers as they help their loved ones live independently at home. Like most Americans, Mom and Pop wanted to stay at home — and not go into a nursing home or other facility. In their 80s they become first-time homeowners of a one-story house, and I continued in my role as their …

Family Caregivers, CARE Act Gain Support

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAloha! After a busy few weeks of travel to fight for family caregivers — and enjoying some warm Hawaii sunshine in between meetings — I’m back in chilly D.C. with news to report. First, I had the pleasure of spending time with AARP Hawaii as it works to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act and support the 247,000 family caregivers in Hawaii — as well as the seniors these caregivers help to live independently, at home. Throughout the week, we …

New Tech Tools Promise to Make Caregiving Easier

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingMake room in your life for technology, family caregivers. That was a recurring theme at the American Society on Aging (ASA) annual conference that ended this past Saturday. And it was seconded heartily at the Boomer Summit, a daylong event held during ASA for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations that market to boomers and older adults. At the Boomer Summit, 85 out of the 300 companies there focused on caregivers. Thousands listened to ASA panels and presentations not only on technology …

Special Report Explores Caregiving in America

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI have been very public about caregiving for my parents over the past several years, but I know that the majority of the 42 million family caregivers in the U.S. aren’t as vocal as I have been about the challenges we face. Thanks to a recent special report in the Washington Post, this “quiet force caring for an aging America,” as it is described, is getting national media attention. Perhaps our voices will not be so quiet as more Americans become …

The Caregiving Worries of Parents with Special Needs Kids

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingMost of us think about taking care of our aging parents or spouse, not our kids. But there are more than 11 million Americans currently providing care for a family member between the ages of 18 and 49. Many worry deeply about their loved one’s future should something unexpectedly happen to them or their spouse. “I worry night and day,” a friend told me. “What happens to my daughter when I’m no longer here?” Her daughter, now 27, has had neurological, …

Becoming a Better Caregiver With Help From Actors

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingTraining medical students to do a better job by using actors to play patients is not new. But at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, actors are faking dementia and Parkinson’s disease to help family caregivers be more effective — and that’s downright novel. Last month, 16 caregiver spouses gathered at the hospital’s simulation center to boost their communication skills with a loved one. These husbands and wives were dealing with challenging behaviors and wanted help solving real-life issues. In the process, …