Vol. 7, No. 7
July 18, 2016
Dear Friends:

Caregiving is a universal occupation. At FCA, we strive to offer a variety of quality and innovative programs and services to meet the needs of the diverse family caregivers we serve. We do our utmost to advocate for and provide information to caregivers on a local, state, and national level, as well as provide services and counseling at the local level in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

This month, Connections would like to highlight some resources for caregivers whose primary language isn’t English. FCA has a number of fact and tip sheets in Spanish, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, and Vietnamese.  For Spanish speaking caregivers, we have an archived webinar on managing stress. This month, FCA has partnered with Easter Seals for a military caregiver webinar . Our annual Spanish language Latino Forum will take place on October 1 in San Francisco, so please stay tuned for more details. FCA also provides information, assistance, and counselling in Spanish to San Francisco Bay Area caregivers, and has a monthly support group in Spanish in San Francisco.  For monolingual Chinese and Japanese speaking caregivers,  FCA has partnered with other organizations to provide assistance and information in the San Francisco Bay Area. This issue also features in our events section, a conference in Mandarin for dementia caregivers. 


Calvin Hu
Education Coordinator
“There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down / until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.”

— George Sheehan, physician, author, and runner
FCA Services for San Francisco Bay Area Caregivers

If you are a caregiver for someone over the age of 18 with an  adult-onset cognitive impairment , or a caregiver for a senior with a chronic health condition in the San Francisco Bay Area, please visit our Caregiver Resource Center webpage. FCA services are free to Bay Area caregivers. These include  one-on-one consultations and personalized assessments, as well as information on health conditions and community resources. Referrals, classes, and ongoing support are also available.
Entendiendo mis Emociones: Cambios Emocionales que Experimentan Cuidadores de Veteranos Militares (Understanding My Emotions: Emotional Changes That Military Veteran Caregivers Experience)

La experiencia cultural única de los veteranos con herencia hispana puede presentar problemas diferentes por sus cuidadores. Este seminario web en español de 1 hora abordará las preocupaciones emocionales y los cambios relacionados con la prestación de cuidados para un veterano militar. Se le anima a que nos acompañe y examine la cuestión de “que le va a ayudar a mantener su salud emocional como cuidador militar?” en nuestro seminario titulado “Entendiendo mis Emociones.”

For information in English on this free webinar for military veteran caregivers presented by Easter Seals, FCA, and other partners, please contact Easter Seals
Gilbert Awards Scrapbook Now Includes 2015 Winners

Our interactive scrapbook of all 28 winners (2008 2015) of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in ‪Alzheimer‬’s Disease ‪‎Caregiving‬ Legacy Awards is now online. This up to date version includes the four recent winners from 2015. The scrapbook details each groundbreaking program with photos, video links, and more.

FCA with the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation administers the annual $20,000 award in the following three categories: Creative Expression, Diverse / Multicultural Communities, and Policy and Advocacy. 
Averting a Crisis: Funding a Bold Vision of Family Caregiving

Rajiv Mehta, FCA board member and project director of the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot, has written a new blog post detailing a possible better future for an aging America in crisis. These insights drew upon the data collected and perspective from the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot. The Atlas of Caregiving Pilot was designed to help better understand caregiving through detailed data and analysis, to help drive change, and create new policy and insights to make caregiving easier and more efficient. 
WE CALL IT caregiving,’ Outreach and Awareness Campaign

FCA’s outreach and awareness campaign continues in San Francisco. With this campaign, we hope to help educate the public about caregiving, and connect local caregivers with FCA and partner agency services.

If you see one of our banners, please share a photo on our social media pages to help spread the word about caregiving.

Support FCA at the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimers

FCA will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in San Francisco on Saturday, September 17. Please support our team with your tax-deductible donation to help fund research to fight  Alzheimer’s and support those with Alzheimer’s disease. You can visit our team page to learn more or make a donation.
Emotional Side of Caregiving

Part of the caregiving journey can be the wide range of emotions caregivers experience. Some of these feelings are positive, like love, dedication, and patience. However there are other emotions, that while no less valid, are thought of as negative such as ambivalence, jealousy, and feelings of loss. Readers may find our fact sheet , the Emotional Side of Caregiving,  helpful for learning skills to manage difficult emotions.
Hojas Informativas Actualizadas en Español  (Updated Fact Sheets in Spanish)

Para los hispanohablante cuidadores, FCA a actualizado dos hojas informativas: “Guía del Cuidador para Entender los Comportamientos Relacionados con la Demencia” y “La Enfermedad y el Cuidado de Parkinson.” Usted puede ver estas y otras hojas informativas sobre temas como que un cuidador debe saber sobre el dinero, y como comunicarse con medicos profesionales, en nuestra página de hojas informativas y consejos.
Too Old for Sex? Not at This Nursing Home

Winnie Hu, in an article for The New York Times, details the very human story of adults in nursing homes having or wanting to have sex. Decades ago, sex was a taboo subject at nursing homes,  but with more baby boomers as residents, a new generation of seniors has pushed sex to the fo refront. Increasingly, nursing homes have specific policies about sex for residents, and some even run their own in-facility dating service. Despite this new openness and gradual change in culture, many of the same complications of the past remain, such as concerns of dementia, infidelity, and the objections of family.
Our Weird Future of Loving Robotic Pets

Ali Wunderman, writing for Quartz, explains some of the background behind “robo-pets.” These animatronic creations are d
esigned for individuals who might benefit from the companionship a pet provides, but are unable to properly care for an animal. While there are some moral and philosophical arguments against robo-pets, and no long-term studies have been conducted on their benefits, these artificial companions  appear to bring out the same feelings that the genuine article do. 

This Sundance Festival documentary follows former New Orleans Saints defensive back  Steve Gleason as he is diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of only between two and five years. Just weeks later he also learns his wife is pregnant with their first child. This film follows Gleason as he works to get his personal life in order, while working to  build a foundation to support ALS patients. 

When: Starting Friday, July 29 
One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco 94111
Cost: General admission $ 12.50, seniors, children, and matinee $10.50
第十屆華人阿滋海默症論壇 — 以普通話進行 ( 10th Annual Chinese Alzheimer’s Forum)


Please visit the Alzheimer’s Association for information in English about this conference presented in Mandarin.

When: Sunday, August 7, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Intel Auditorium
3600 Juliette Lane, Santa Clara 95054
Cost: Free
Registration: Click here
Contact: Peining Chang, pchang@alz.org, (408) 372-9943
The Basics: Memory Loss,  Dementia and Alzheimer’s 

This free class, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, provides an overview for caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will get i nformation on detection , learn the  causes and risk factors of dementia, the stages of the d isease, and options for treatment.

When: Wednesday, August 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Where: Alzheimer’s Association 
100 Pine Street, Suite 2040, San Francisco 94111
Cost: Free
Registration: Stefanie Bonigut, sbonigut@alz.org, (415) 463-8506
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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