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Family Caregiver Alliance's fee-for-service care management program currently serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Click here for further information. 
Vol. 6, No. 12
December 15, 2015
Dear Friends:

The winter holiday season is now in full swing. For many it's a time of anticipation and excitement. For others it means a seemingly overwhelming number of additional responsibilities and obligations.

Self-care is important year round to maintain emotional and physical well-being. To help you cope, w e've included a number of holiday caregiving  articles.

From all of us at Family Caregiver Alliance, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!


Calvin Hu
Education Coordinator
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."

 --Ralph Waldo Emerson

RAISE Act Passed in the Senate
The RAISE Act calls for the creation of a national strategy to support the work that millions of family caregivers do across the nation on a daily basis.
Please Join FCA's Social Media Campaign: "I am a Caregiver for my __________"
Our social media campaign continues to gain momentum. Please join our national campaign  to spread awareness for caregiving and caregivers. 
Print our sign, take your picture, and send us an image file. We'll share it on social media. 
Webinar Programming in 2016
FCA will be starting the 2016 webinar season this upcoming February. Please visit our website for the most up to date information, or to watch a sample of archived webinars.
Not a Jolly Holiday? Use This Guide to Find Gratitude in the Season
Navigating through a jolly holiday season and wishing for a wonderful new year when caring for someone with a chronic, debilitating health condition might have you thinking, "This is no holiday!" But we keep hearing that expressing thanks can lead to a healthier, happier, and less-stressed life. Noted expert Robert Emmons defines gratitude in part as, "... an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we've received. This doesn't mean that life is perfect; it doesn't ignore complaints, burdens, and hassles. But when we look at life as a whole, gratitude encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life."

Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Put Your Family Caregiving on the Map (from the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot)
The Atlas of Caregiving Pilot offers information on how caregivers can create their own care map. 

Once finished, the map will show all the individuals who are providing care and the relationships between them.
Caregiving and the Holidays: From Stress to Success!
For many caregivers, the holidays can be a source of stress, frustration and even resentment. But this same season can also be a great time to acknowledge these issues, mend relationships, and gain additional support from family and friends. 

Photo By LaurMG. (Cropped from "File:Frustrated man at a desk.jpg".) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Depression and Caregiving
Depression can affect caregivers year round. During the holidays, increased stress, reduced daylight hours, colder weather and additional social commitments may further exacerbate these feelings. 
Lies, Secrets, and Scams: How to Prevent Elder Abuse
Financial elder abuse is a growing criminal sector that has been victimizing older Americans. Consumer Reports provides an important and informative  article on how these scams work. 
Japan: Dementia Lessons From the World's Oldest Country
Japan has the highest proportion of elderly of any country, and with an aging population comes an ever higher number of adults with dementia. The Toronto Star reports on  a number of initiatives the Japanese have put in place to try and manage the rising number of dementia cases.

It Takes Two: A Refreshing Approach to Understanding and Coping With Dementia Behavior
This four-week class is designed to help the caregiver of someone with memory loss better understand and communicate with their family member by learning more about their ability to understand and communicate. Caregivers will learn new ways to respond to troubling behavior, and feel more confident and positive about their caregiving role. 

Please note: The class is only open to residents of San Francisco County. You will need to be able to attend all four consecutive sessions.  

When: February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Jewish Home of San Francisco302 Silver Avenue, San Francisco 94112
Cost: Free 
Instructor: Hilda Uribe-Escobar, MPH, Family Consultant, Family Caregiver Alliance
Registration: Hilda Uribe-Escobar, (415) 434-3388 ext. 319 (please leave a message with your name, number, and the name of this class)
Link: Click here
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease
Learn about the differences between normal aging and dementia, the basics of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, the diagnostic process, and management of the disease. This workshop will also cover resources offered by the Alzheimer's Association, keys for planning for the future, and how family members and caregivers can help the person with dementia. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, it's time to learn the facts.

When: January 28, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Santa Clara City Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara 95051
Registration: Jenny Hsiao,, (408) 615-2906
Meet & Move: A Walking Buddy Program Just for Caregivers
El Camino Hospital and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation  have created  Meet & Move, a "walk and talk" program designed for adult family caregivers.
The program offers you an opportunity to connect with others who understand your
situation while improving your fitness level.

When: Ongoing
Where: Various locations in San Francisco Bay Area (Peninsula and South Bay) and Santa Cruz
Cost: Free 
Registration:  Click here
Contact: Cyndi Mariner, 934-3556
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