August 31, 2020
Can Caregiving Cause PTSD?
"Kaci Smith, 36, recalls the gradual emergence of her PTSD symptoms about three years ago when she’d been caring for her mother at home following her mom’s 2012 stroke.

'It would be things like almost feeling like a panic attack,' says Smith, a Rochester, N.Y. teacher. 'If she would complain of leg pain, I would think, ‘Oh, no. It’s a blood clot. We’re going to have to go through all this medical stuff again.’'

Smith, who stopped working when COVID-19 forced the U.S. into lockdown, has been a 24/7 caregiver for her mother during the pandemic and is on anti-anxiety medicine."

From: Next Avenue | August 21, 2020
Q & A: REACH Community Dementia Caregiving Program

"REACH Community is a dementia caregiving program that empowers caregivers to problem-solve challenges they experience from caregiving. Evolving out of a successful program originally funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and then further developed within the Veterans Affairs (VA) system, REACH Community has brought the REACH model into non-veteran communities, helping a broader population of caregivers in need of support.
We talked with Jennifer Martindale-Adams, Ed.D., M.S., and Linda Nichols, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., developers of the REACH Community program, to learn more"

From: FCA Blog | August 17, 2020
COVID-19 and Social Isolation

"For approximately 2.5 million elderly Americans in long-term care, the threats posed by the coronavirus are twofold: rampant deaths and an unprecedented era of isolation.
Visitors were banned at long-term care facilities nationwide in mid-March, and communal dining and activities were mostly canceled. While those changes may have been necessary to slow the spread of the virus, medical experts say they proved devastating for the mental and physical health of residents, particularly the more than 40 percent who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia at such facilities."

From: Washington Post | August 21, 2020
New Grant to Build on the engAGED National Resource Center
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging has been awarded a three-year grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging. The new project will expand and enhance the Aging Network’s efforts to create additional social engagement opportunities to further address the social engagement needs of older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers, building upon the current work of the n4a-administered engAGED National Resource Center.
This project will take a targeted approach focused on the implementation of specific community involvement, technology, intergenerational, and volunteerism interventions with a particular emphasis on addressing the social engagement needs of low-income, rural, minority, and other underserved populations.
Learn more about n4a and engAGED with the link below.
ASA Generations

The American Society on Aging has launched their new publications site, Generations. ASA's publications are a premier resource for thousands of professionals in the field of aging. Go to the Generations site to gain access to the GenerationsJournal, ASA's quarterly journal, GenerationsToday, a bimonthly digital publication, and GenerationsNow, which features news around aging and articles from members.
Click the link below to see the new site and check out the Summer 2020 publication of GenerationsJournal, focusing on the inequities of housing for older adults.
Community Health Workers

"Many health care stakeholders are interested in scaling up [community health workers] to maximize opportunities for CHWs to connect people to needed health and social services in their communities. To support this momentum, the Playbook has curated a diverse set of resources for health care organizations interested in understanding: (1) the evidence base for how CHW programs affect health outcomes, including implications for health equity; and (2) implementation tools and first-person perspectives from health care stakeholders on developing or expanding CHW programs," (From: Better Care Playbook).

Free Webinar for Cancer Caregivers on COVID-19 and Cancer Care

September 2 and 16 2020 | 2:00 PM EST | Online 

Join the American Cancer Society for Caregiving and COVID ECHO series with faculty from National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) institutions. This is a 3-part Series with Erin Kent facilitating and Matt Loscalzo, Nick Dionne-Odom, and Rachel Cannady presenting. Registration is required.
Consumer Voice COVID-Related Webinars

This webinar series from Consumer Voice reviewed the latest updates, issuances from CMS, legislation, and strategies for advocates and families, and is focused on the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care facilities, its residents, and their families.
Millennials and caregivers both face unique, but concerning mental and physical health challenges. The already high rates of stress and anxiety experienced by millennials and caregivers are compounded by COVID-19, adding urgency to the need to address their health and well-being. Join the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and industry experts for a virtual forum that will shed some light on these challenges and explore how we can support the unique needs of millennials and caregivers during the pandemic and beyond through new, forward-looking solutions.

Single day admission: $149
Full conference admission: $229
Early bird rates ending soon - REGISTER TODAY!

Savvy Co-op Recruiting Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia for Two Surveys

Do you provide care for someone with dementia who gets hallucinations? Savvy Co-op is looking for caregivers who would be willing to share their experience. Participants will be compensated. Learn more and participate HERE.

Do you provide care for someone with frontotemporal dementia (FTD)? Savvy Co-op is also looking for individuals to participate in a 30 to 60-minute in-depth interview from home. You may be interviewed along with your care recipient. Learn more and participate HERE.

Savvy Cooperative is the first and only patient-owned co-op that empowers people to use their health experiences to inform new products and services through surveys, interviews, product testing and more! It was founded by two patients who wanted to make sure people who shared their health experiences were fairly compensated.