Vol. 9, No. 6
June 15, 2018
Dear Friends:

About 25 percent of family caregivers in the United States are Millennials, those born after 1980. Increased attention by the media, and the publication of two reports by AARP and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research have helped shine a spotlight on the plight and contributions of caregivers under 40 years of age.

Millennial caregivers experience many of the same challenges older caregivers face: balancing family, work, and caregiving; avoiding burnout; managing expenses; and finding time for self-care among them. Fortunately, Millennials can benefit from a number of online services, programs, and internet connected devices that were unavailable in previous decades like online support groups , in-home sensors, and webinars. For both new and seasoned caregivers, FCA also offers CareJourney a 24/7 one-stop shop for information, resources, and support.


Calvin Hu
Education Coordinator
For myself I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.

 — Winston Churchill
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day . According to the National Council on Aging, 10 percent of Americans 60 years and older have suffered from elder abuse .  To learn more, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) has helpful information on the types of abuse, its signs, and how to take action.

If you suspect abuse of an older adult, be it physical, emotional, financial, and including neglect or abandonment, please contact Adult Protective Services. FCA s Family Care Navigator lists the contact informati on for Adult Protective Services for all 50 states and Washington D.C. (select “Legal Help & Advocacy”).
If you think someone is in urgent danger, call 911 or your local police to get help right away.
Gilbert Caregiving Legacy Awards Scrapbook Updated With Latest Winners for 10th Anniversary

Visit the newly updated Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in  Alzheimer s Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards Scrapbook celebrating 10 years of outstanding programs in support of caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The scrapbook provides information, videos, and photos from past winners, 2008–2017. Visit our webpage for further information on the Awards program.
HOT Weather Tips

The elevated temperatures of summer, larger crowds, and increased social engagements require that family caregivers take additional precautions to help make sure the person for whom they are providing care stays safe and healthy. FCA has published a short blog piece t hat outlines summer specific dangers for older adults. The blog also explains how to mitigate the risks of heat fatigue, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
Family Caregiver “Explorer” Opportunity

For the last two years a group of older adults (in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s) — the Longevity Explorers — have been providing hands-on help to companies developing products they hope will improve the lives of older adults, and getting compensated for their insights. Now this community of Longevity Explorers is expanding to include caregivers.

Would you like to take part in some of their explorations and share your perspective as a caregiver? It takes an hour or two and there is compensation.

To be invited to participate: Sign up online here . Or send an email to Dr. Richard Caro, co-founder of Tech-enhanced Life, at info@techenhancedlife.com .

Learn more: The Longevity Explorers , an initiative of Tech-enhanced Life .
Keeping Safe From Financial Fraud

Elder Abuse can take many forms: physical, financial, or emotional. This webinar will focus on safeguarding the money and finances of an older adult. Viewers will learn to identify the signs of elder financial abuse, understand common strategies that scammers use to take advantage of their victims, and how to be empowered to protect the finances of an older adult.
Caregivers in the Middle: A Guide for Family Caregivers of Children and Individuals With Dementia

Family caregivers often balance the challenging role of parenting child(ren) while also providing care to a family member living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This webinar will provide caregivers with strategies for understanding the perspectives of children during the caregiving experience and discuss ways of promoting the well-being of the entire family.  

When:   Wednesday, June 27 , from 11 a.m. to 12 noon (Pacific Time)
Where:   ONLINE
Cost:   No Charge
Contact:   Calvin Hu, chu@caregiver.org , (415) 434-3388 
Registration:  Click here
This Is The Biggest Life Event That Millennials Don’t See Coming

Ann Brenoff, HuffPost senior reporter, writes a straightforward article on what caregiving may be like for Millennials. Drawing upon her personal experience providing care to her late husband as well as her expertise as a journalist specializing in aging, Brenoff lays out a sobering picture of what Millennials can expect as they begin to take on the responsibilities of caregiving.
VA s Caregiver Program Still Dropping Veterans With Disabilities

Last year, NPR correspondent Quil Lawrence published a story on the VA unenrolling veteran caregivers from the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program. This program provides caregiver support that can include a stipend, mental health services, training, and respite to caregivers of veterans who were serious injured. Following the story’s publication, the VA paused unenrolling of further veteran caregivers and performed a review. Unfortunately, Lawrence reports that some VAs continue to drop eligible caregivers.

With the recent passage of the VA Mission Act in June , all seriously injured veterans are now eligible to apply for the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program. Prior to the passage of the VA Mission Act, only veterans injured on September 11, 2001 or after were eligible.
Tech Tools for Caregivers

This workshop will offer a practical overview of how technology tools may help family caregivers provide care for a frail or ill family member, partner, relative, friend, or spouse at home. Technology products like smart phone apps, communication aids, in-home sensors, and webcams can help make a home safer, and reduce the caregiving workload. The class will include information on how to determine what your needs are, the costs of tech tools, privacy considerations, and ease of use.

When:  Monday,  July 30 , from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Peninsula Jewish Community Center , Board Room 
800 Foster City Boulevard, Foster City 94404
Cost:  No charge
Registration:  Calvin Hu,  chu@caregiver.org , (415) 434-3388 x 313
Caregivers Matter: A Day to Support Families

The Bedford Center, a program of Choice In Aging , is hosting a free day-long family caregiver conference. Join fellow caregivers in meditation and relaxation exercises, and learn about self-care, community-based care, and Medi-Cal. 

When: Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Where:   The Bedford Center
1811 C Street, Antioch 94509
Cost: No charge
Registration: Evie Christou, echristou@choiceinaging.org, (925) 778-4171

The program includes a complementary lunch. Please RSVP to register.
End Game Screening and Panel Discussion 

End Game is a short documentary film directed by Academy Award winners Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein. End Game follows palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains as they guide patients and their families through choices that will profoundly change the course of their lives in the time they have left.

A panel and Q&A will follow the screening. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: Wednesday, June 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Enright Room 1st Floor
2333 Buchanan Street, San Francisco 94115
Cost: No charge
Registration: Click here
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Connections Credits
Calvin Hu
Francesca Pera

Kathleen Kelly
Calvin Hu
Lana Sheridan
Michelle Venegas
Leah Eskenazi

Executive Director
Kathleen Kelly
FCA Board of Directors

Jacquelyn Kung

Dan Lieberman

Wyatt Ritchie

Kathleen Raffel

Athan Bezaitis
Catherine Lelong
Rajiv Mehta
Chris Park
Scott Peifer
Celine Takatsuno