January 19, 2021
A Look at What’s in Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

"The plan would expand paid leave."

"Mr. Biden would renew paid leave provisions that were not extended as part of the December package, while eliminating exemptions for big and small employers. The plan would allow for 14 weeks of paid sick and family and medical leave for caregivers dealing with closed schools or care centers, while providing for a $1,400 leave benefit for eligible workers.

State and local governments and employers with fewer than 500 employees would be reimbursed for the costs via a refundable tax credit. Emergency leave provisions would last through the end of September."
From: The New York Times | January 14, 2021
How to Care for Aging Parents When You Can’t Be There

"Caring for aging loved ones has always been difficult, and the pandemic has only complicated it—especially when family members live in different cities or states. More people than ever are in caregiving roles: Nearly one in five American adults are providing unpaid care to another adult, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP."

From: The Wall Street Journal | January 9, 2021
When I'm 64 Podcast: Episode 8 - Financially Secure Caregiving

"It seems every caregiver struggles with questions about finances, yet it can be one of the hardest aspects of caregiving to discuss openly."
In this episode, the When I'm 64 podcast explores how to be more financially secure as a caregiver and features the stories of three caregivers.

From: When I'm 64 | January 8, 2020
Paid Leave for Caregivers
Did you know that, according to Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 from NAC and AARP, more than half of caregivers feel that a partially "paid leave of absence from work would be helpful (54 percent)". This number rises to 62 percent among caregivers who work 30 or more hours per week. The intent of Paid Family Leave (PFL) is to make it financially easier for individuals to take time off from paid work to care for children and seriously ill family members.
Figure 5 from Caregiving in the U.S. shows us that the demographic of caregivers is changing, and there are more Generation Z, Millennial, and Generation X caregivers than in 2015. Caregivers from these younger generations, especially Millennial and Gen X caregivers, are struggling with the costs of balancing care for aging loved ones with care for newborns or young children. That struggle has only increased with the challenges brought on by the pandemic. That is why Biden's inclusion of paid leave in the stimulus bill is so important for caregivers.

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Brain Health and Aging Seminar

January 23, 2021 | 12:00 - 12:30 PM EST | Online

AGE of Central Texas will host the free virtual caregiver support seminar exploring “Brain Health and Aging” on Saturday, January 23, 2021 as part of the on-going workshop series to help family members effectively care for an older adult. The free seminar will be held from 12:00 to 12:30 AM EST online.

Registration for the conference is free, but space is limited. Participants can register by calling (512) 600-9275, or online with the red link below.
What’s Next Longevity Innovation Summit

March 1, 2021 | Washington, D.C. | Virtual

Position your company as a leader in the longevity market, make connections with leaders in this space, and gain a unique perspective on how five generations are impacted by an aging population.
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/.

The Sharing About Caring podcast wants to share short reflections, poems, songs, short fiction stories, and short plays on the caregiving journey.

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Apply to Be a Health and Aging Policy Fellow

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Candidates with a strong commitment to health and aging issues, leadership potential, and interest in aging-relevant policy work are invited to join the next class of Health and Aging Policy Fellows (2021-2022).

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program continues to make great strides in advancing policy with creative solutions in the context of COVID-19. 
ARCH Seeking to Recognize Respite Innovation & Quality 

Deadline: March 1, 2021

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!
Join the webinar on January 27, 2021 at 2 PM EST to learn more! You'll hear from hear from three Innovative and Exemplary respite programs.

  • Agape Respite Care, Inc., 2019 Award Recipient, Berne, Indiana, Sherrie Kizer, Executive Director
  • Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program, 2019 Award Recipient, Toms River, New Jersey, Megan O’Keefe, Executive Director
  • ChildServe, 2020 Award Recipient, Johnston, Iowa, Barb Williams, Respite Service Manager
Care‐Partner Support and Hospitalization in Assisted Living During Transitional Home Health Care
The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has released a new study on the relationship between care partner support and hospitalization rates among assisted living residents. Findings from the study point to increased hospitalization rates when little care partner support was provided to the assisted living residents receive Medicare home health services, underscoring the important contributions that family caregivers provide to America's healthcare system.

"Care‐partner support affects outcomes among assisted living (AL) residents. Yet, little is known about care‐partner support and its effects on hospitalization during post‐acute care transitions. This study examined the variation in care‐partner support and its impact on hospitalizations among AL residents receiving Medicare home health (HH) services.

For AL residents receiving HH services, having less care‐partner support was related to increased risk of hospitalization, particularly regarding medication administration, medical equipment, and transportation/advocacy."

From: The Journal of the America Geriatrics Society | January 4, 2021
The American Hospital Association (AHA) released an issue brief in December 2021 from The Value Initiative. The brief is a primer on how hospitals can provide acute-level care in patients’ homes, and highlights case examples of hospitals that successfully improved value through their home hospital programs.

According to AHA, "hospital-at-home enables some patients who need acute-level care to receive care in their homes, rather than in a hospital. This care delivery model has been shown to reduce costs, improve outcomes and enhance the patient experience."

From: American Hospital Association

Looking for more examples of the hospital-at-home model? Advancing Health is the American Hospital Association’s podcast series. Podcasts feature conversations with hospital and health system leaders on a variety of issues that impact patients and communities, including how they may be extending care out of the hospital. Check out the podcast HERE.