Vol. 13, No. 2

February 2022

Dear Friends:

The winter season can be particularly challenging for family caregivers as it requires increased vigilance and attention when fulfilling caregiver responsibilities. Fortunately, getting informed about the dangers of wintertime can help mitigate the risks of injury or worse, and is just a click away. To get you started, you can learn about the dangers and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite from the CDC; the Mayo Clinic has published a helpful article on fall prevention, and the National Safety Council gives tips and advice for safe winter driving.


Calvin Hu

Education Coordinator



“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”

— H.G. Wells

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FCA Website Overview in Different Languages

FCA is committed to serving family caregivers of all backgrounds and experiences. For caregivers who have difficulty with English, or are more comfortable in another language, FCA has provided a short overview video of our resource rich website in Tagalog, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Spanish.

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Interview With FCA's Kathy Kelly on new UC Davis Caregiver Study

"Picking up the pace of change: scaling services for a changing caregiver profile," is a new report from researchers at UC Davis. This study focuses on evaluating the services and support that the California Caregiver Resource Centers - CRCs (FCA is the San Francisco Bay Area CRC), have been providing to caregivers in California. With the release of the report, Kathy Kelly shares her unique insights as the Executive Director of FCA in a new video

Technologies for Aging in Place: Seminar Series

Wondering which products and services can help an older adult live independently, with autonomy, for as long as possible? Sign up for this seminar series to learn the answers. Together with a community of older adults called the Longevity Explorers, Tech-enhanced Life has spent the last 8 years exploring the intersection of aging and technology and have evaluated a wide range of products and services designed to help people live independently for as long as possible. In this seminar series, we synthesize what we have learned. In semester one we will cover the following topics.

  • Tools and Tech for Aging in Place: Overview.
  • The Right Tools to Minimize Isolation & Loneliness.
  • Which Medical Alert? And Who Needs One?
  • Smart Home Features for a Better / Safer Life.
  • Technology to Help Avoid Medication Adherence Problems.


FCA Connections readers get 10% discount by using Promo Code: FCA

Learn more and signup click here.

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.

To learn more, click here or register here.

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

Self-care is an important, and often overlooked, aspect of caregiving. Practicing self-care will help with mental, emotional, and physical health and will also benefit the person for whom you are providing care. Reading Taking Care of YOU is a useful first step in practicing self-care. Some of the topics covered in this fact sheet include identifying personal barriers, reducing stress, seeking goals, and starting to exercise.

Residential Care Options: Five Tip Sheets

Caregivers can reach a time where the person for whom they provide care can no longer live at home safely. The importance most people place on home and community make the decision of moving a loved one or family member to residential care both difficult and stressful. 

To help you when faced with this choice, FCA has five tip sheets on residential care. These include information and advice on the right time  to move a relative, what the options are, how to choose  a residential care facility, how your caregiving will change  (but not end), and information on visiting a relative in.

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). The CRCs are hosting a calendar of classes, workshops, and events open to family caregivers across the country.

For more information on March events, please click here.


Who Takes Over When a Caregiver Dies?

If a caregiver should die before their caregiving responsibilities end, years or perhaps decades of expertise on how to provide care for a specific individual or set of individuals and conditions is often lost when a new person takes on the role of a primary caregiver. Melanie Kalmar, writing for Seniors Matter, outlines some considerations that family caregivers should plan for in case they die.

Caregiver Support Service Programs: Are They Worth It?

Many companies are recognizing that employees who are family caregivers have important and very difficult responsibilities outside of the workplace. Some employers offer caregiver assistance programs, but these may not always be free. U.S. News & World Report contributor Anthony Cirillo offers insight on how to determine if these services are worth the price.

FCA provides a number of caregiver services at no charge, including CareNav, a secure online solution for tailored information, support, and resources.



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Let’s Get Away Together  

This series is comprised of interactive 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. Read a Q&A about the series here

March 1 

What Wonders of the World? 

“Wonders” are the world's most spectacular natural features and human-built structures - and are even intangible, underwater, and in the solar system! Let’s explore snapshots of the most, and least, iconic Wonders known to man! 

March 8 

Women Artists in History 

Celebrate and discover women artists throughout history in honor of Women’s History Month. 

March 15 

St. Patrick’s day Irish Music Celebration with Katrina 

Come join us for another year in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day together with a bit of history, storytelling, and of course live fiddle tunes! Remember to wear your green! 

When: Tuesdays, January 25 to March 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. (PT) 

Where: Online 

Cost: No charge 

Registration: Click here 


Caregiving Policy Digest is a publication of the National Center on Caregiving, a program of Family Caregiver Alliance. The newsletter offers a fresh look at the rapidly changing world of caregiving policy―at the local, national, and international levels.

You’ll receive briefings on key legislation, news on innovative public programs, and the latest information on caregiving and long-term care policy at national and state levels. Subscribe here.


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Editors: Calvin Hu, Al Martinez
Contributors: Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Calvin Hu, Lana Sheridan, Leah Eskenazi

President: M Celine Takatsuno
Vice-Presidents: Catherine Lelong, Ian Tong
Treasurer: Wyatt Ritchie
Secretary: Amanda Breeden Warner

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