Vol. 12, No. 12
December 2021
Dear Friends:

With the holidays in full swing, many family caregivers face increased stress due to the additional responsibilities and tasks that come this season. To help get you through these busy times, FCA has articles on holiday caregiving topics including stressfamily dynamics, and gratitude. This months free webinar, The Gift of Self-Compassion This Holiday Season focuses on practical ways to build compassion towards ourselves. Were also doing a Winter Sing-Along as part of our Let’s Get Away Together armchair travel and activity series. Finally, new and seasoned caregivers can take advantage of our free online service FCA CareNav.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers at FCA, I’d like to wish you all a very happy holidays, and a bright hopeful new year.


Calvin Hu
Education Coordinator
“Every storm runs out of rain.”

— Maya Angelou
NBC Nightly News Segment on Caregiving Featuring FCA Expert

NBC recently aired a short segment on spouse caregiving featuring Sherry Richmond, caregiver to her husband Rick who is a stroke survivor. Sherry details the many hardships the couple now face, including loss of income and the round the clock care Sherry now provides. As part of the story, FCA Clinical Services Director and Family Consultant Christina Irving shared her insight as a longtime caregiver advocate and expert.
“Enid and Mami” Documentary and Panel Discussion

Last month FCA screened the short film “Enid & Mami,” about the daily life of Enid Mojica-McGinnis, educator, pastor and caregiver to her mother, Emilia Roman. A panel followed the screening with special guest Enid Mojica-McGinnis and included FCA’s Stella Lazlo and AARP's Veronica Segovia Bedon.

The documentary and panel are in Spanish with English subtitles. Please click here to view.
FCA is Hiring

We’re looking for qualified and interested applicants to fill a current opening in our San Francisco office. The position is Family Consultant. FCA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to creating a diverse environment. Please click here for more information or to apply.
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.

Please click here for a brief overview video of CareNav or click here to register.
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.

For more information on December’s events, please click here.
The Gift of Self-Compassion This Holiday Season

In the holiday season we talk a lot about kindness to others, to strangers, to our families. But it is important to remember kindness and compassion to ourselves, especially as caregivers and especially during holidays when things can feel even more pressured. In this interactive session we will share practical ways to build compassion towards ourselves, and those around us, including using mindfulness as a useful technique for deepening compassion.

Presented by Roy Remer, Zen Caregiving Project Executive Director.

When: Wednesday, December 15, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon (PT)
Cost: No Charge
Registration: Click here
Returning to the Workforce After Being a Caregiver

Millions of family caregivers leave the workforce due to the demands of their caregiving responsibilities. While this may be a viable option for some, for many, leaving work permanently is unsustainable financially. Rebecca Zucker, writing for Harvard Business Review, gives advice on the often difficult task of returning to the workforce after a long absence.
Three Ways for Caregivers to Overcome Exhaustion

Caregiving can be an extremely difficult undertaking. It often demands vast sums of money, physical energy, and also psychological stamina. AARP caregiving expert, Barry J. Jacobs, explains that a lot of mental and emotional fatigue can be caused by fixating on “checking off items on the (caregiving) to-do list” and offers suggestions on how to provide care while being mindful of your own mental health.
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.

December 14
Let’s explore Living on the Water
Ever imagined living life on the water? Wait until you see these yachts and houseboats on our water adventure around the world.

December 21
Winter Sing-Along with Katrina!
Bring your favorite songs and join Katrina in song and live violin renditions for a combination of winter, holiday, and folk favorites!

When: Tuesdays, October 26 to December 21 (no session on November 23 due to Thanksgiving), from 1 to 2 p.m. (PT)
Where: Online
Cost: No charge
Registration: Click here
¡Tiene que existir una mejor manera que esta!

En esta clase de FCA aprenderá los siguientes consejos y estrategias sobre cómo: manejar comportamientos difíciles, como la demencia afecta el proceso y la capacidad de una persona para comprender y comunicarse, sentirse más seguro en su papel como cuidador.

Esta clase es especificamente para cuidadores familiares y no para proveedores profesionales.

Dia/Hora: febrero 4 del 2022, 2 p.m. a 4 p.m. (Hora del Pacífico)
Costo: Gratis
Para registrarse: (Únase desde una PC, iPad, iPhone o dispositivo Android): haga clic aquí
Para obtener más información o ayuda: Stella Lazo, [email protected], (415) 434-3388, ext. 323
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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