Vol. 7, No. 8
August 15, 2016
Dear Friends:

Fall is right around the corner. As summer comes to an end, we hope that you will take some time to enjoy these last moments of long days, outdoor cooking, county fairs, and warm temperatures. 

The change of seasons is a great time for a caregiver checkup, a time for personal self-reflection. Consider taking a cue from nature and spending a moment four times a year  for an honest appraisal of your emotional and physical health.  As a caregiver, w hat would you like to improve doing? What are you great at? Have things become more or less difficult from this time last year? Are you taking care of yourself? If not, what are the obstacles keeping you from practicing self-care? Do you need to hold a family meeting

Write down your questions and answers, and compare these season to season and over time, year to year. It will not only serve as a reminder to practice self-care, but will also document your personal caregiving journey, and how far you've come. 


Calvin Hu
Education Coordinator
“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”
— Lord Byron
Join an FCA Fundraiser for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

FCA will be holding a fundraiser at the  Chieftain Irish Pub and Restaurant in San Francisco for the 2016 Walk To End Alzheimer’s. During the fundraiser, all the proceeds from a number of drinks will go entirely to supporting FCA’s team. If you can't make it to the Chieftain, but would like to support FCA’s fundraising efforts, please visit the FCA Walk To End Alzheimer’s team page to make a donation.

When: Tuesday, August 30, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where:  The Chieftain Irish Pub and Restaurant
198 5th Street (at Howard),  San Francisco 94103
Cost: Drinks $4 to $5 each
Link: Click here
Apply Now for the 2016 Rosalinde Gilbert ‪‎Caregiving‬ Legacy Awards

With continuing support from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, FCA is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for this year’s Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in ‪Alzheimer’s Disease ‪‎Caregiving‬ Legacy Awards. These awards honor outstanding programs dedicated to helping Alzheimer’s caregivers.

A $20,000 award will be given to winners in each of the following categories:  Creative Expression, Diverse/Multicultural Communities, and Policy and Advocacy.  For more information or to apply, visit FCA’s Gilbert Awards webpage. Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 16, 2016, 5 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Únase con FCA Para Nuestro Quinto Foro Latino (Join FCA for Our Annual Latino Forum)

Una conferencia Gratis para familiares y amigos hispanohablantes que cuidan a un ser querido con demencia o una persona mayor con enfermedades crónicas. Aprenda de los expertos, participe en una actividad terapéutica del grupo, y disfrute de desayuno gratuito.

(The Latino Forum is a free conference for Spanish speaking family and friends caring for someone with dementia, or an aging loved one. Participants learn from experts, take part in a group therapeutic activity, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. The Latino Forum is in Spanish.)

Dia: Sábado, Octubre 1, 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Lugar: Catholic Charities
50 Broad Street,  San Francisco 94112 
Costo:  Gratis 
Para registrarse: Crystal Madriles , cmadriles@caregiver.org
(415) 434-3388 x 317
Transferring a Person

As seniors age, mobility can become limited, or even lost altogether. Helping a person, who has difficulty moving on their own, walking, or transitioning from a standing to a sitting position, can cause strain or injury due to incorrect technique.  This FCA Tip Sheet offers advice on how to safely and efficiently transfer a loved one. A demonstration can be viewed online in English and Spanish on FCA’s YouTube channel.
Feeding and Nutrition (for Dementia)

When taking care of someone with dementia, family and friends must pay particular attention to feeding and nutrition. This FCA Tip Sheet will give a number of pointers  including what kinds of food to serve, how to choose the right vessels to serve them, and how to convince someone who is reluctant to eat.  
Three Ways to Work From Home and Be a Caregiver, Too

For the many caregivers that work from home, h ome-based healthcare might seem like an ideal arrangement. Instead of taking a loved one to a medical office, the medical professionals come to you. There are however trade-offs for this convenience . Joanne Cleaver, writing in  Next Avenue explains some of the planning and organization required for caregivers to successfully use h ome-based healthcare.  This article also includes advice from FCA’s Jo McCord on whether you should quit your job to be a full–time caregiver.
Personality Change May Be Early Sign of Dementia, Experts Say

In a New York Times article, Pam Belluck writes about a possible new diagnostic tool for detecting dementia. Neuropsychiatrists and researchers have put together a questionnaire that lists different changes in behavior. If a patient exhibits any of these behavioral changes, the change is “fundamental” in nature, and lasts at least six months, they may be an indicator of the early onset of dementia.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools is a free four–part class for family/ informal caregivers of those with a  chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, or stroke. At Powerful Tools you will learn how to reduce stress, make difficult decisions, communicate more effectively in challenging situations, and prevent caregiver burnout.

Pre-registration is required and group size is limited. This class is specifically for family caregivers, not providers.   

When: Four consecutive Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Jewish Home of San Francisco
302 Silver Avenue, San Francisco 94112
Cost: Free
Registration: Crystal Madriles,  Family Consultant, cmadriles@caregiver.org, (415) 434-3388 x 317

Legacy Film Festival on Aging

The mission of the Legacy Film Series is to educate and entertain audiences of all ages about the issues surrounding aging. Now in its sixth year, the 2016 festival features diverse films and documentaries from from the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Belgium, and New Zealand.

When: Friday to Sunday, September 16 to 18, times vary
1746 Post Street, floor B1F, San Francisco 94115
Cost: $11.34 (online), $13.41 (box office)
Link: Click here
Dementia Awareness: A Path for Families

This panel discussion will feature expert advice from social workers, lawyers, physicians, and dementia experts. Participants will learn to identify the signs of dementia, understand its symptoms and behaviors, and get information on resources and support for caregivers. 

When: Thursday, September 8, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City 94061
Cost: Free
Registration: Click here
Contact:  Joan Goldner, joang@jfcs.org
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Connections Credits
Calvin Hu
Michelle Venegas  

Kathleen Kelly
Calvin Hu
Lana Sheridan
Michelle Venegas
Leah Eskenazi

Communications and Layout
Francesca Pera

Executive Director
Kathleen Kelly
FCA Board of Directors

Jacquelyn Kung

Dan Lieberman

Jeff Kumataka

Athan Bezaitis
Wanda Borges
Herman S. Brown, Jr.
Tricia Dell
Ping Hao
Catherine Lelong
Rajiv Mehta
Chris Park
Scott Peifer
Kathleen Raffel
Celine Takatsuno
F. Burns Vick