Vol. 7, No. 6
June 16, 2016
Dear Friends,

Summer is once again here. For those readers who’ve been caregiving since last summer or longer and for those who are new to caregiving, FCA recognizes your hard work, dedication, and compassion in providing care for a relative, friend, or neighbor. We understand how much time, energy, and effort it takes to provide care and we are thankful for all that you do. For those of you who ’ve started your caregiving journey recently, we have many resources available on our website , including an  introductory fact sheet on caregiving, as well as a more detailed  caregiver self-care fact sheet  which explains why self-care is so important, and lists some ways you can integrate self-care practices into your daily routine.

For caregivers new and old, as well as for professionals and medical providers, all of FCA’s webinars are now online and free to view. You can find them on our webinar archive page. For your convenience, our webinars have been organized into three categories: d aily care, p lanning for care, and s elf-care.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free to contact me directly at the email below. 


Calvin Hu
Education Coordinator
Whats in store for the future? ... I only know that day by day, we carry on. I am glad he survived. Im glad I had the courage to stand by his side when, as a girlfriend, I really didnt have to. Now more than ever, I treasure the time we spend together and look forward to each new day with an unbridled expectation of things to come.”

—  Olga Sowchukcaregiver
FCA Launches Outreach and Awareness Campaign in San Francisco: ‘WE CALL IT caregiving

FCA is excited to announce a new caregiving awareness campaign. Starting this month, large format banners can be seen on San Francisco  Paratransit buses. T he goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about caregiving with the public, while also connecting with caregivers who might be in need of FCA or partner organization services. If you see one of our banners, please share a photo on our social media pages to help spread the word about caregiving.

FCA would like to thank the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation for development of this caregiving awareness campaign.
FCA Caregiving Webinars Online Archive 

Are you having difficulty  communicating with relatives and family members  about caregiving decisions? Are you worried about an older family member or friend  falling and injuring themselves ? Are you in need of help managing the finances of a relative, or parent who is no longer able to do this themselves? You can get information and advice on these and other caregiving topics at our newly expanded webinar archive, where all FCA webinars are now free to view online. 
Help Support FCA and Caregivers by Shopping on AmazonSmile

If you shop on Amazon.com, please consider supporting FCA through the AmazonSmile program. This program donates a small percentage of the value of your purchases to non-profit organizations at no cost to you. To select FCA as your AmazonSmile program, a ll you need to do is click this link
FCA’s Caregiver Satisfaction Survey  

FCA clients who have received services within the last year will be receiving a survey by mail or by email this month. We’d be grateful for your feedback in order to help us provide the best service to you and to make sure we continually improve our processes, procedures, and programs. Thank you!
Hot Weather Tips

Caregivers for older individuals face additional challenges when the temperature rises. Normal physiological changes that occur later in life, medications, or a cognitive impairment can inhibit an older person’s ability to tell if they are suffering from unhealthy temperatures. Please read our article to learn tips on how to keep a loved one cool, and how to spot the warning signs of a heat related problem.

Photo by High Contrast (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
Downsizing a Home: A Checklist for Caregivers

This FCA Tip Sheet provides a useful guide on planning a move for you, or someone you care for, in the most efficient way possible. Moving can be stressful, especially when moving to a smaller space, when planning a move for a family member or parent, or during a move brought on by a crisis. This tip sheet will guide you from start to finish, from the initial planning to the final settling in. 

A listing of all FCA Fact and Tip Sheets is available at our fact and tip sheet webpage.
Caregivers Are Winning Workplace Discrimination Cases

Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD), is when an employer discriminates against an employee only because of their caregiving responsibilities. Examples of FRD can include being passed over for promotion, fired, or demoted for no demonstrable reason related to work performance.  Rex Huppke writes in the Chicago Tribune that FRD complaints have skyrocketed in the past decade. However, in a majority of court cases, the caregivers have prevailed against their employer with 67 percent of cases being decided in favor of the caregiver. 
What If PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?

Robert F. Worth writing for the T he New York Times Magazine explores the data and repercussions of a new study that links exposure to blast waves with brain damage.  Th is study is unique in that it departs from the conventional wisdom that treats brain injury from explosions the same as brain injury from  sports concussions or head trauma from car accidents. This new study indicates that brain injuries induced by the violent phenomena of a blast wave leave a t elltale scarring pattern on the brain, not seen in other types of brain injury.
Caregiver Educational and Respite Retreat in Fremont

You are invited to join FCA and the City of Fremont for a free one-day retreat designed especially for you, the family caregiver. Enjoy a visit to Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, located in the historic Mission San Jose district of Fremont. The tree lined campus includes a newly restored home from 1885, the largest mission-era olive grove in California, a labyrinth, and numerous gardens and green spaces throughout. You’ll enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch, educational presentations for caregivers, a therapeutic group activity, and a chance to share your experiences with other family caregivers. 

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

When: Friday, June 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
43326 Mission Circle, Fremont 94539
Cost: Free
Registration: Click here
Contact: Calvin Hu, edprograms@caregiver.org, (415) 434-3388 x 313
There Must Be a Better Way Than This!
(A Free One Day Class for Dementia Caregivers)

In this class, you’ll learn tips and strategies for understanding and communicating with someone affected by dementia. You’ll also learn how to handle difficult behaviors, how dementia affects a person’s ability to understand and communicate, and how to feel more confident in your caregiving role.

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

San Rafael

When:  Friday, June 17, 10  a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where:  Alzheimer’s Association — Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter
4340 Redwood Highway,  Suite F138, S an Rafael 94903 
Registration: Amanda Hartrey, ahartrey@caregiver.org, (415) 434-3388 x 334

Half Moon Bay

When:  Saturday, June 25, 10  a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where:  Coastside Adult Day Health Center
925 Main Street,  Half Moon Bay 94019
Registration: Christina Irving, cirving@caregiver.org, (415) 434-3388 x 303
Caregiving: The Circle of Love

AARP’s new documentary, Caregiving: The Circle of Love, presents caregiving through the unique lens of the Chinese American experience. This short film focuses on three Chinese American caregivers including MSNBC News Anchor Richard Lui. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion, and questions and answers. 

When: T uesday, June 21, 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. 
Where:  University of San FranciscoFromm Hall (Xavier Auditorium)
2497 Golden Gate Avenue,  San Francisco 94118
Cost:  Free
Registration: Click here
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s  Disease

This Alzheimer’s Association class was designed for families or individuals taking care of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or a related dementia. At this class you will learn about the legal and financial issues to consider when planning for long–term dementia care. Legal documents, finding legal and financial assistance, tax information, and government programs that can help pay for care will be discussed. 

When: Wednesday , June 29, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Where:  CPMC Davies Campus Davies Auditorium located in the North Tower,  Level B
45 Castro Street, San Francisco 94114
Cost:  Free
Registration: Rachel Main, rmain@alz.org ,  (415) 463-8505
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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
Celeste Takatsuno
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