December 18, 2020
What Caregivers Know About Empathy Could Help Us Find Common Ground— And Help Us Tackle Social Isolation

Perspectives from C. Grace Whiting, President/CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving on the unique value that friend and family caregivers bring to our society, as they navigate health, aging, and disability challenges with the people in their care. This piece was published in the EngAged blog.

"It’s been a tough year for many of us, in ways we might not have anticipated this time last year. In times like these, I think about caregivers and the gift they’ve given to me – the recognition that all people have value. A simple basic building block to finding common ground with others. If someone in your life is caring for someone else – reach out, listen, and give them a moment to be heard. Help them feel less isolated and more understood."
From: EngAged Blog | November 24, 2020
Grace Whiting Talks About the State of Caregiving
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"A recently released report indicates that today’s family caregivers are 61% are women, 39% are men, 61% work, 34% are boomers, 45% have had at least one financial impact. In this episode of Caregiver Crossing: A Joy's House Podcast, Grace Whiting, President & CEO for the National Alliance for Caregiving, talks about the organization, their latest research study, and the critical work they are doing to help friend and family caregivers."

From: Caregiver Crossing: A Joy House Podcast November 23, 2020
How to Be a Caregiver
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"Even if you're not a caregiver now, odds are that you will find yourself in the role someday. In the United States about one in five adults is providing unpaid health or supportive care to someone they love — an aging parent, a family member or child with a disability or a spouse, partner or friend with an illness. We asked experts on caregiving and aging, as well as dozens of people who have been caregivers themselves, for their best advice to help the next generation of caregivers."

From: The New York Times | December 1, 2020
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Caregiving During the Holidays and COVID-19
"Across the country, 48 million caregivers have faithfully cared for loved ones through the COVID-19 pandemic, taking on more responsibilities and stress. But as this year of uncertainty comes to a close, more than half (53%) of family caregivers report feeling sadder about the holiday season, according to 'COVID-19 Impact on Family Caregivers’ Holiday Plans,' a just-released survey conducted by AARP.

According to the research, the pandemic is taking a significant toll on caregivers with the health crisis impacting not only their holiday plans, but more urgently, their own wellbeing. Nearly half of surveyed caregivers (44%) say COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health and that of the person they care for (46%), and nearly two-thirds (64%) say they’re concerned about the future."


Click the red link below to view the report.

For resources on caregiving during the holidays, you can check out the Alzheimer's Association's guide to caregiving around the holidays during COVID-19 HERE.
WORLD CARERS RECORDING AVAILABLE
World Carers Conversation

December 13-16, 2020

The National Alliance for Caregiving and Embracing Carers convened experts from around the world for a virtual World Carers Conversation.

Watch recordings from Days 1-4 of the conference on the NAC Facebook page HERE. Edited recordings will also be made available on the NAC website at caregiving.org/world-carers-conversation/.
UPCOMING WEBINARS
A Time for Healing

December 21, 2020 | 4 PM EST | Online

Join the Caregiving Years Training Academy to receive support for your grief from a community that cares. Certified Caregiving Consultants will guide you through three rituals which offer healing for your individual and our collective losses. You’ll also learn how to add these rituals to your day.
California Caregiver Resource Centers Events

December, 2020 | Online

Throughout December, the California Caregiver Resource Centers are hosting a series of virtual learning events for caregivers.

Click the red link below to register and watch recordings of past events!
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

ARCH Seeking to Recognize Respite Innovation & Quality 

Deadline: March 1, 2020

If your respite service addresses critical respite needs for any population in your community and can demonstrate innovation and quality worthy of replication, you can apply for recognition as an ARCH Innovative and Exemplary Respite Service.

If selected, your services will be recognized as a potential model for replication!
PATIENT AND CAREGIVER STUDIES 
Colorado State University Seeking Participants

Researchers at Colorado State University are seeking participants for an online program for caregivers AND care receivers who experience chronic pain. The 8-week online class includes gentle movement and education. The program is free and you can receive up to $100 in gift cards for participating. 

If interested, call 970-491-8204 or movementANDeducation@colostate.edu.
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Pass It On: Clinical Trial on Convalescent Plasma

The Food and Drug Administration is now allowing the emergency use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID patients. The Pass It On trial research study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center is currently enrolling 1,000 patients at 50 locations across the country. Its results will help researchers determine whether convalescent plasma, which comes from recovered COVID-19 patients, will help hospitalized patients recover faster. 
Researchers Seeking Volunteers for a Study on Caregivers of Individuals Living in Nursing Homes During COVID-19

Are you the care partner (family member or friend) of a resident in a U.S. nursing home?  Have you had your visitation restricted since March 13, 2020? Are you willing to share your experiences with researchers? 

If so, click the red link below to participate in a new study.
UPCOMING RESOURCE
Partnering to Support Caregivers in Blood Cancer

"Caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer is not a role people ask for. However, more than 2.8 million partners, children, parents, friends and neighbors in the U.S. are caring for someone living with cancer, and that number is on the rise. For caregivers of those with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) – the most common type of leukemia in adults – that role presents its own unique set of challenges. To help identify and address the unmet needs of those caring for someone living with CLL, AstraZeneca is partnering with the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

As part of this multi-year partnership, we will launch a survey specifically designed to identify the challenges and key areas of unmet needs faced by caregivers of loved ones living with CLL. Results of the survey will help inform resources to support and recognize the important work caregivers do to care for those living with CLL, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond."

From: AstraZeneca | November 30, 2020
Taking Care Special Report
"Next Avenue has released a new special report presented by The John A. Hartford Foundation, 'Taking Care,' about family caregivers of older adults.

No two families look and function quite the same, including their approach to elder care. By choice or circumstance, Americans find themselves in crucial support roles for parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or friends — weathering grief, stress, physical and financial strain. And there's no how-to guide. This five-month series is illuminating the lives of family caregivers across America."

From: John A. Hartford | November 13, 2020
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