November 11, 2020
Veteran Caregiving
In honor of Veteran's Day, we are are focusing this section of the newsletter
on veteran caregivers.

Recent news regarding veteran caregiving:

The first phase of Mission Act implementation began October 1st with changes to VA's Caregiver Program taking effect. Learn more HERE.

The Dole Foundation has launched the Respite Relief program with CareLinx, Department of Veterans Affairs, Wounded Warrior Project, and Bob Woodruff Foundation to provide 75,000 hours of no-cost respite to over 3,000 caregivers.The Respite Relief program offers 24 hours of no-cost respite to military and veteran caregivers who have been impacted by COVID-19. Learn more HERE.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program serves family caregivers of veterans through two programs: Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) and the Program of General Caregiver Support Services (PGCSS). Veterans and caregivers may apply to receive the following PCAFC benefits: education and training, access to healthcare insurance (for otherwise uninsured caregivers), mental health counseling, financial stipend, respite care, wellness contacts, and travel and per diem compensation (for travel to a Veteran’s VA healthcare appointment).

Veterans and caregivers can learn about how the PCAFC was recently expanded and eligibility requirements HERE. No formal application is required for family caregivers to access resources, education and support under the PGCSS. Family caregivers can learn more HERE.

Click the red button below for veteran caregiving resources.
November caregiver spotlight:

Have you been keeping up with NAC's activities this month with ACL, NASHP, and the John A. Hartford Foundation to celebrate caregivers? To help raise the voices of America's caregivers, we are sharing some of their stories throughout National Family Caregivers Month.
This week, we're spotlighting Jim, a veteran caregiver. Jim is one of 4% of caregivers who rely on military benefits as the primary source of insurance. Jim and his wife care for their veteran daughter since she was in a car accident while stationed in Italy as an Army Captain. Their daughter now needs 24/7 care and is in the Veteran Directed Care Program, which helps enable her independence and for her parents to care for their daughter at home.

Stay tuned by following the hashtag #RAISEcaregiving on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Presidential Proclamation: 
National Family Caregivers Month 2020

The President has proclaimed November 2020 as National Family Caregivers Month:

"Each day in homes throughout our Nation, Americans with chronic or terminal illnesses, functional impairment, or disabilities receive compassionate care and support from family members and loved ones. During National Family Caregivers Month, we salute the more than 40 million people in the United States who serve as unpaid caregivers. With generous hearts and faithful devotion, they honor the sanctity of life and affirm the inherent value of all human beings."

From: The White House | October 30, 2020
Age-Friendly Care Consumer Resources

"The John A. Hartford Foundation and WebMD have partnered on a new web page of age-friendly care consumer resources, 'Over 70: Take Control of Your Health.'
Age-friendly care is health care that meets your needs, preferences and goals as you get older. The WebMD Age-Friendly Care page has dozens of articles, tools, videos, and other resources to provide older adults and their caregivers with information and tools they can use to learn about and receive age-friendly care."

From: John A. Hartford | October 26, 2020
NAC Joins Connecting ALS Podcast

Mike and Jeremy from the Connecting ALS podcast kicked off Family Caregivers Month with Grace Whiting, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving. Grace shares insight from NAC and AARP's Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 report and reflects upon caregiving during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn more about ALS caregivers, HERE.
Read Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 report HERE.

From: Connecting ALS | November 3, 2020
November is National Family Caregivers Month! 
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. Family caregivers manage health emergencies, juggle priorities, and suffer isolation - and all that was before COVID. The pandemic brings even more challenges as family caregivers handle caring during a crisis. The Caregiver Action Network has chosen "Caregiving in Crisis" as the theme for 2020’s National Family Caregivers Month. During NFC Month 2020, CAN and its partners will be addressing the new realities family caregivers face with their loved ones during these uncertain times. CAN will also be releasing five essays throughout the month related to this year's theme. Topics include long-term care, risk during the pandemic, tele-health, home environment, and mental health.

Learn more about this year's theme HERE
Accessing Services and Supports During a Pandemic

November 12, 2020 | 2 - 3:30 PM EST 

Are you a caregiver of someone who has a chronic disease, disability, or health condition? Join NAC, the Diverse Elders Coalition, and Sage on November 12th for a webinar on Accessing Services and Supports During a Pandemic. 
Medicaid Supports for Family Caregivers

November 12, 2020 | 1 - 2 PM EST

This webinar, hosted by the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) RAISE Family Caregiver Resource and Dissemination Center and funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation, will explore how family caregiving impacts state Medicaid programs and the role Medicaid plays – and could play – in supporting family caregivers.

See the Research and Resources section below to learn more about the recent
Medicaid Supports for Family Caregivers report.
Flattening the Caregiver Crisis Curve

November 18, 2020 | 1 PM EST

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 1 PM EST, please join C. Grace Whiting, J.D., President and CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), and Jennifer Olsen, DrPH, Executive Director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) along with Torchlight’s Adam Goldberg, M.Ed., CEO and, and Carolyn Romano, J.D., Vice President of Product, for the Flattening the Caregiver Crisis Curve webinar. The panel will address the impact COVID-19 is having on family caregivers, who are also balancing the demands of work. The panelists will discuss:
  • Challenges facing working family caregivers; 
  • Possible solutions to improve the health, strength and resilience of caregivers; 
  • Crossover caregiver skills that employers should embrace; 
  • Importance of sharing personal experiences and stories to break down barriers and enhance dialogue in the workplace.

Learn more HERE.
What’s Next Longevity Innovation Summit

December 3 - 4, 2020 | Online

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.

20% off your ticket for a limited time with code: LongevityInnovationSummit2020

The Pickering Caregiving Lab Caregiver Study
The Pickering Caregiving Lab is currently conducting a national study funded by the National Institute on Aging. Participants in the study must be adults who provide unpaid care to people with dementia. Participants get paid to document their daily experiences with caregiving.

For more information on this study click the link below website.
Paying the Way: ERIC's Paid Leave White Paper
"Using anonymous results from ERIC’s employer paid leave practices survey, ERIC’s white paper, Paying the Way: Large Employers and the State Paid Leave Patchwork, highlights the success of large, multistate employers in designing and delivering these critical benefits. The paper highlights the problems created by the current patchwork of state and local paid leave policies, and the need to ensure that federal, state, and local paid leave legislation supports employers in their continued ability to provide generous employer-funded paid leave benefits." | From: ERIC
Race Differences in Experiences of Black and White Caregivers of Older Americans

"Racial disparities in health and socioeconomic characteristics of older adults have implications for the experiences of their family and unpaid caregivers, but knowledge to date has primarily drawn from convenience samples. Using a population-based sample, The Gerontologist examined associations between caregiver race and caregiving-related effects." | From: The Gerontologist, The Gerontological Society of America
Medicare Open Enrollment Has Begun!

Medicare open enrollment is now through December 7th. Have you done your yearly Medicare plan review? Medicare is stronger than ever with better choices, lower costs, and a more modern way to get you the information you need. Each year brings new health plan and drug coverage choices. Look at your current health and drug coverage each fall, and make sure your plan’s still right for you. Also, remember to take advantage of free preventive benefits, cancer screenings, and yearly "Wellness" visits.

Recognizing family caregivers’ critical contributions, state Medicaid agencies already provide training, services, or, sometimes payment to them. A new report from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the John A. Hartford Foundation examines the strategies states currently use and presents four interrelated actions the federal government could take to foster spread of innovative strategies that some states have developed.