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Good morning,


Did you know that only 46 percent of older adults have completed an advance directive and/or medical durable power of attorney?


April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day and we're happy to join the many organizations, practitioners and health care professionals nationwide who are trying to bump that number up (preferably way up). Through special programming and content this month, we are raising awareness around the importance of advance care planning and empowering our clients and readers with tools, knowledge and resources to take those important first steps.


You’ll find many of those resources below. Please share them with your clients, patients and peers so that together, we can help more people make their medical wishes known and documented.

Thank you,

Family Caregiver Alliance

15 Advance Care Planning Resources for National Healthcare Decisions Day

In our feature article for National Healthcare Decisions Day, we’ve gathered 15 articles and webinars from across our website to help readers understand and take action on advance care planning. They cover a wide range of important topics, from guidance on the planning process and making end-of-life decisions to the basics on advance directives, living wills, palliative care and more. Many are available in multiple languages, including Tagalog, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. Read the article here, which contains resources such as:

  • Advance Directives and Living Wills: Bringing Up Sensitive Topics
  • Take Charge! Advance Care Planning Tips
  • Palliative Care 101
  • Legal Issues for LGBT Caregivers
  • Advanced Illness: Feeding Tubes & Ventilators

Upcoming Classes & Events

Introducing new classes and webinars for family caregivers, including special programming for National Healthcare Decisions Day. Listings with an asterisk (*) are open only to SF Bay Area caregivers:

  • April 18* — There Must Be a Better Way Than This! Full info & registration here.

  • April 21 — Take Charge! Advance Care Planning Movie & Panel Discussion (with Q&A). Full info & registration here.

  • Weekly starting April 26 — Let's Get Away Together! This virtual group travel series is back by popular demand. Starts April 26th & continues every Tuesday for 8 weeks. Watch the calendar for full info & registration soon.

  • April 27 — Take Charge! Advance Care Planning Tips (webinar) Full info & registration here. Please note this is a separate event from the movie & panel discussion under the same name.

  • May 12 — Updates on Dementia (conference via Zoom). SAVE THE DATE and check the calendar soon for registration details.

All classes are free. Bookmark our calendar to stay up to date on upcoming classes, webinars and events.

* Class is limited to family caregivers who live in the six counties of the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara).

Webinars for National Healthcare Decisions Day

These webinars from our YouTube channel cover some of the most common topics within advance care planning—as well as additional considerations in the era of COVID-19. All are presented by clinical experts.

Check out our entire library of videos, including webinar playlists and curated collections, on our YouTube channel

The Emotional Side of Caregiving

One of the most difficult aspects of caregiving can be the emotions that arise during some—or even all—stages of the caregiving journey. And when it comes to starting conversations around advance care planning, difficult emotions can add unnecessary stress to an often tender conversation.


In this must-read article, The Emotional Side of Caregiving, Donna Schempp, LCSW, helps family caregivers gain an awareness and understanding of emotions (including surprising or unexpected ones!) they may experience during the caregiving journey. Best of all, she provides coping strategies for all 19 of them.

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ABOUT Family Caregiver Alliance

FCA’s mission is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and those who receive their care. Our work intersects three key areas: caregiver services, policy, and research. Learn more here. Although a nationally-recognized organization, San Francisco-established FCA has deep roots and community partnerships in the Bay Area.

FCA supports and assists caregivers of adults with chronic or disabling health conditions regardless of race, ancestry, national origin, creed, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, income, or age.  

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