Vol. 11, No. 11
November 2020
Dear Friends:

November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year is particularly solemn as COVID-19 has made being a family caregiver so much more difficult. Worries about the safety of using paid in-home caregivers, shuttered adult day programs, layoffs, and less effective self-care regimens and coping techniques are some of the ways COVID-19 has made 2020 an extremely challenging year for family caregivers.

With the disease disrupting nearly every aspect of everyday life for caregivers, FCA has been working hard to support them as their caregiving needs evolve. For caregivers across the country, we hope you will take advantage of our online resource center CareNav, and our many fact and tip sheets, videos, webinars. Caregivers in the San Francisco Bay Area should contact our Caregiver Resource Center for consultations and resources, while our friends in other states can consult FCA’s Family Care Navigator for resources local to them.


Calvin Hu
Education Coordinator
“If youre going through hell, keep going.”

— Sir Winston Churchill
FCA Executive Director Kathleen Kelly Named in Care 100 Most Influential People in Care

Care 100 lists the innovators leading the way in reimagining and humanizing the care system. FCA is proud to announce that Executive Director Kathleen Kelly was named in this year’s list:

Kathleen Kelly has been fighting for 25 years to make caregiving’s essential and universal nature visible to everyone. The Family Caregiver Alliance is a lifeline for family caregivers, including an online listing with information on services and benefits in each state. They also have a research arm, the National Center on Caregiving, which is surfacing vital information about the future of family caregiving for policymakers and innovators.

The Care 100 list is compiled by The Holding Co.
Navigating Your Caregiving Journey: Tips, Resources, and Self-Care

Do you have questions about what a family caregiver is or if you are one? In celebration of National Family Caregivers Month, join the California Caregiver Resource Centers to learn more about caregiving, how to make sure you care for yourself in the process, and get connected with valuable local resources for your specific situation. This webinar will feature caregiving experts from across California, including FCA’s Christina Irving and Amanda Hartrey.

When: Thursday, November 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. (PT)
Cost: No Charge
Registration: Click here
Let’s Get Away Together Returns for a Winter Series: "Music, Travel, and Art" 

This series is comprised of interactive travel activity sessions with each week focusing on a new place or cultural activity, while incorporating storytelling, music, poetry writing, and/or a simple craft. Each session will include a follow-up message filled with tips, activities, and recipes for families to continue to enjoy after the virtual trip. The focus of each group is to explore a new world, experience a variety of engaging opportunities, and enjoy a sense of camaraderie and community.

Let’s Get Away Together is intended to be an enjoyable activity for family caregivers and the person they care for. Those receiving care who are able to participate in the discussion and activities are encouraged to attend with their family caregiver.
December 1Gratitude Party
Welcome back party! Let’s come together to show appreciation for life through art and poetry.

December 8—National Parks Through the Seasons
Let’s adventure to see wondrous U.S. nature and wildlife on a tour of our greatest National Parks!
December 15—Outdoors in Bavaria, Germany! 
Join us as we explore Christmas markets, Oktoberfest, and hiking in the Alps.
December 22—North Pole and Snowy Travels 
Embrace the surprising marvels and cultural traditions found in the Earth’s coldest places.
December 29—NYE Pre-Celebration Around the World!  
How do you ring in the New Year? Travel with us around the world in anticipation of 2021!
January 5—Want a Speedy Rundown of Classical Music History? 
Learn about and hear snippets of well-known classical music throughout history.
January 12—Winter in the World of Art 
Calling all art lovers! Explore the season through the eyes of artists!
January 19—Winter in Tropical Climates 
Cold? Let's head to warmer climates! Join us as we head to the tropics in January!
When: Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and January 5, 12, 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. (PT)
Cost: No charge
Registration: Click here

Registration is open to family caregivers, but priority will be given to residents of the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties).
Reimagine Festival - Dying to Talk With Kirsten Johnson

Dying to Talk is a three-part series hosted by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Kirsten Johnson and inspired by her newly released Netflix documentary Dick Johnson is Dead. Kirsten will draw out wisdom and surprises from guests Deepak Chopra, Dr. Eelco Wijdicks, and Josie Oppenheim in an attempt to understand how we care, live, die, mourn, and remember.

This series is presented by Family Caregiver Alliance, Museum of the Moving Image, and Rooftop Films.

When: Tuesday, November 24, from 5 to 6 p.m. (PT)
Cost: No Charge
Registration: Click here
The San Francisco LGBTQ Dementia Care Project Upcoming Trainings

The Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with Openhouse and FCA, offers free training to health and social service providers on the care needs of LGBTQ seniors living with dementia and their care partners.

Tier 1: LGBTQ Dementia Care Training

Training topics include an overview of dementia, understanding the needs and challenges unique to the LGBTQ dementia population, and recommendations for working with LGBTQ individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.

When: Thursday, December 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon (PT)
Cost: No charge
(You will receive the Zoom meeting information by email the day before the event.)

Tier 2: Effective Communication Strategies

As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, caregivers need new ways to connect. Join us to learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages and identify strategies to help you improve communication at each stage of the disease.

This is a follow-up course for those who participated in Tier 1 LGBTQ Dementia Care Training

When: Wednesday, December 16, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon (PT)
Cost: No charge
(You will receive the Zoom meeting information by email the day before the event.)
Get Your Own Personalized Caregiving Resource Dashboard

Go online to complete a brief questionnaire and get a personal dashboard loaded with information that matches your unique caregiving needs. CareNav, our secure online service, offers quality information, support, and resources for family caregivers of adults with chronic physical or cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s, and other illnesses.
Caregiver Resource Center Classes 

The California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRC) serve families and caregivers of adults affected by chronic and debilitating health conditions (FCA is the San Francisco Bay Area CRC). FCA is now hosting a calendar of classes, workshops, and events compiled from each of the 11 CRCs and open to family caregivers across the country.

To view a list of CRC offerings in November, please click here.
Motivating Loved Ones
How to Communicate Better and Work Together to Help Those You Care For Stay Active and Engaged

This webinar provides family caregivers an opportunity to learn the basics of Motivational Interviewing, a proven method for increasing engagement. When practiced by caregivers, Motivational Interviewing can help a care recipient become more active and involved in their health and well-being.

Participants will learn practical strategies to help encourage and inspire care recipients to be more physically active, participate in rewarding activities, improve their diet, tidy up around the house, and more.

Please click here to view a recording of the webinar presented by Dr. Liz Barnett.
Families with Aging Parents: Difficult Conversations Just Got Easier!

Being a family caregiver is a difficult job. And when it involves an older parent, caregiving often includes the entire family. This webinar covers the basics of conducting a family meeting and how to address the challenges and disputes that can arise during the care of an older family member.

Participants will learn the questions to ask that are proven to increase understanding, how to identify barriers to productive conversation and how to overcome them, about resources related to informed decision-making, and how to include an elder’s voice.

Please click here to view a recording of the webinar presented by Nicole Lance.
Permiso Familiar Pagado: Que es y como lo puedes usar
(Paid Family Leave: What Is It, and How You Can to Use It)

Eres un cuidador familiar con preguntas acerca del Permiso Familiar Pagado? Únete al seminario especial sobre el Permiso Familiar Pagado que presentara Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) y el equipo de California Work & Family Coalition.

La presentación cubrirá lo básico del Permiso Familiar Pagado y también las leyes locales, estatales y federales para ayudar a los cuidadores familiares a tomar el tiempo necesario mientras continúan trabajando.

Los participantes aprenderán acerca de :

  • Permiso Familiar Pagado.
  • Seguro de Incapacidad Estatal.
  • Protección de trabajo bajo CFRA and FMLA
  • Días de Enfermedad Pagados para el cuidado de un familiar.

Cuando: Diciembre 8, de 4:00 a 5:00 de la tarde (PT)
Costo: gratis
Registracion: Haga clic aquí
Paid Family Leave: What Is It, and How You Can Use It

Are you a caregiver with questions about Paid Family Leave? Join FCA and the staff of the California Work & Family Coalition for a special webinar on Paid Family Leave for caregivers. The presentation will cover the basics of Paid Family Leave in addition to local, state, and federal laws that help family caregivers take the time they need while still keeping their jobs.

When: Thursday, December 10, 12 noon to 1 p.m. (PT)
Cost: No Charge
Contact: Calvin Hu, chu@caregiver.org, (415) 434-3388 
Registration: Click here
COVID, Community, and Living with Dementia

COVID-19 has caused hardship among all communities in the country. LGBTQ caregivers often face unique challenges, made more difficult with COVID-19. Dr. Marcy Adelman, San Francisco Bay Times columnist, highlights theses struggles by interviewing experts including FCA Family Consultant Adriana Sanchez.
Plan Ahead to Help Your Older Loved Ones Avoid Depression This Holiday Season

For many older Americans, the holiday season is the highlight of the year. It’s a time when parents, adult children, relatives, and grandchildren often gather together under one roof and celebrate. Unfortunately, COVID-19 means that families across the country are cancelling longstanding holiday traditions. Next Avenue writer Judy Stringer interviews Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging social worker Lisa Weitzman on how family members can help older loved ones stave off depression during an abnormal holiday season.
(How to Talk to Your Doctor)

歡迎大家!我叫泰莎Tessa,希望您能從這堂課中學到一些幫助您與醫生溝通的技巧 。

本班只向舊金山灣區的家庭看護者開放 ( 阿拉米達, 康特拉科斯塔, 馬林, 三藩市, 聖馬刁, 聖塔克拉拉郡) 。而且,本班最主要的目標對象為家庭人員,而不是公眾服務提供者。

時間: 12月3日, 星期四, 上午11點至下午1點
費用: 不收費
註冊: 點擊這裡
Dementia 101

Caring for someone living with dementia poses many unique challenges for family caregivers. This class will provide a basic understanding of dementia and how it affects an individual. Dementia 101 will also include some tips for caregivers on how to cope with these changes.

This class is open to family caregivers in the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties). This class is specifically for family caregivers, not providers. 

When: Friday, December 4, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Cost: No charge
Registration: Click here
Ang Pangangalaga Sa Mahal sa Buhay Sa Panahon ng Kapaskuhan
(Taking Care During the Holidays)

Ang webinar na ito and inihahandog ng Family Caregiver Alliance para sa mga tagapangalaga (caregivers) na ang pangunahing pananalita ay Tagalog. Ang layunin ng webinar na ito ay para tulungang tuklasin at harapin ang lahat ng dahilan ng mga “stress” ng mga caregivers lalo na sa panahon ng kapaskuhan, at higit sa lahat ay pangangalagaan ang kalusugan at kapakanan bilang isang caregiver.

When: Friday, December 11, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (PT)
Where: Online
Cost: No charge
Registration: Click here
Headlines From the October 2020 Caregiving Policy Digest

  • COVID-19 spurs move to home-based rehab
  • Ambulance transport fuels ‘surprise’ billing
  • AD International calls for dementia-focused building design

The entire October issue is available here.
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Connections Credits

Calvin Hu
Al Martinez

Kathleen Kelly
Calvin Hu
Lana Sheridan
Leah Eskenazi

Executive Director
Kathleen Kelly
FCA Board of Directors

Celine Takatsuno

Keely Stevenson

Wyatt Ritchie

Amanda Breeden Warner

Acting Secretary
Kathleen Raffel

Athan Bezaitis
Deborah Kan
Shruti Kothari
Catherine Lelong
Dan Lieberman
Rajiv Mehta
Scott Peifer
Tiffany Riser
Ian Tong