September 21, 2020
Crisis Conversations: Family Caregiving
"One American in five takes care of another family member or loved one. That's more than 53 million family caregivers in America. Members of this vast, largely invisible workforce were already under pressure prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Many were forced to choose between inflexible or unsupportive work environments, and caring for loved ones who need care. These caregivers are not supported by public policy – the emergency paid family leave law Congress passed last spring actually excluded those caring for aging or chronically ill loved ones. And many people, including those in the so-called sandwich generation, never get a break to take care of themselves. As the pandemic rages, and with a coming aging crisis, how do we begin to care for our family caregivers?"

To take on this question, Better Life Lab's Brigid Schulte was joined by NAC's Director of Advocacy and Engagement, Karen Lindsay Marshall, as well as other experts in the field of caregiving.

From: Better Life Lab | August 7, 2020
Podcast: NAC With Lisa O’Neill DBH, MPH

"Developing policies and strategies to ensure comprehensive care for this population is challenging and complicated. Thus, it needs to be addressed from multiple angles. We need mechanisms in place to identify caregivers and resources to provide the care that they need. In this week’s episode, Melissa B interviews Dr. Lisa O’Neill and Michael Reese Wittke to discuss how the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) deals with family and caregiving issues."
From: MelissaB PhD | September 8, 2020
Avoidance of Medical Care Because of COVID-19

"Delayed or avoided medical care might increase morbidity and mortality associated with both chronic and acute health conditions."
A new report from the CDC found that "Avoidance of urgent or emergency care was more prevalent among unpaid caregivers for adults, persons with underlying medical conditions, Black adults, Hispanic adults, young adults, and persons with disabilities."

From: CDC | September 11, 2020
Wear a Mask to Save Lives from COVID-19
The Alliance for Aging Research wants to remind you about the importance of wearing a mask. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, if 95% of Americans wore a mask when they go out in public, we could save 40,000 lives by November 1.

“People need to know that wearing masks can reduce transmission of the virus by as much as 50 percent, and those who refuse are putting their lives, their families, their friends, and their communities at risk." —IMHE Director Dr. Christopher Murray
Essential Workers
Cancer Caregivers and Treatment Decision-Making

Caregivers have a lot to think about when helping to make decisions for a care recipient with cancer.
Read a new white paper from CancerCare, a national non-profit organization which provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer. The white paper is based on findings from focus groups and online discussion boards with social workers and caregivers, and focuses on how caregivers participate in treatment decision making for their close friend or loved one with cancer.
NASHP Report: RAISE Council Refines Goals

NASHP released a report earlier this month on the August RAISE Council meeting (view recording HERE). The report discusses the comparisons outlined between the goals of the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) Council and the RAISE Council. These comparisons highlight the opportunity for the two councils to work together on their common goals and to "inform one another of important, evidence-supported practices to consider for both national strategies." 
Click the link below to learn more and how the two councils will continue to work together. 

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

September 21-24, 2020 | Online

This year, n4a’s Conference and Tradeshow has gone virtual! Join n4a September 21-24 for four days full of the same content you’ve come to expect each year, updated to address the realities that n4a members, the Aging Network, and the nation are facing due to COVID-19.

For decades, n4a’s Annual Conference has been the place to be for professionals in the Aging Network who want to learn, share, and network with their peers. This year’s Virtual Conference will allow the same opportunities—in a different format. Reflecting the times, this year’s Virtual Conference will feature sessions on social equity, COVID-19, business acumen, transportation, policy and advocacy, social isolation and so much more.
Caring for the Veteran Caregiver Conference

September 25th, 2020 | 9 AM - 2 PM EST | Online

The Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida is hosting a free virtual Veteran Caregiver Conference on Friday, September 25 to explore the rewards and challenges unique to those who care for men and women who have served our country. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. caregivers can virtually attend the conference via Zoom to receive information, resources and support to keep them encouraged on their caregiving journey. The event is free.
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.

BCBSA recently released a new report, "The Impact of Caregiving on Mental and Physical Health". The second day of the conference, October 29, is dedicated to Caregiver Health, and will include a presentation of key insights from the report. Read the report HERE.

Single day admission: $149
Full conference admission: $229
Early bird rates ending soon - REGISTER TODAY!
2020 LTSS State Scorecard

September 24th | 1:00-2:30 PM EST | Online

Join the SCAN Foundation for the virtual release of Advancing Action: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers from 1-2:30 PM EST on Thursday, September 24. 

This fourth edition of the LTSS State Scorecard measures state level data, policies, practices, and costs to compare system performance and set benchmarks for future reform. Note that the fourth edition was conducted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the 2017 edition of the Scorecard HERE
How to Communicate to Improve Advance Care Planning: Putting Research Into Practice

September 24th, 2020 | 2:30-3:45 PM EST | Online

C-TAC is convening this Virtual Forum in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic to highlight the findings of three pioneering research studies on communication, ACP, and decision-making. These three studies are led by distinguished PCORI-funded academic investigators.

The purpose of this Forum is to place these person-centered, actionable PCORI studies in the hands of implementors – health system leaders, individual providers, payers, community and state coalitions, and advocacy groups – who can use the research findings to improve the delivery of care for patients living with advanced illness.

Deadline: September 30, 2020 
The 2020 Census will conclude data collection operations on September 30, 2020. Over 84.1% of housing units have been counted in the 2020 Census as of September 1st, with 19.0% counted by census takers and other field data collection operations, and 65.1% of housing units responding online, by phone or by mail. It's not too late to participate in the 2020 Census and to have your voice heard! 
Census takers are coming to homes to help you complete the 2020 Census. The process is quick and can be done at a safe distance. All census takers will be required to wear masks while conducting their work to help you complete your census form safely. 

Don’t risk an undercount in our community, which could result in loss of funding for the next 10 years. The power to shape your community is in your hands. Learn more and take the Census online today.