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RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council Delivers Report to Congress

The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, & Engage (RAISE) Family Caregiving Advisory Council delivered its initial report to Congress. The culmination of a two-year, multi-faceted effort that gathered input from family caregivers across the country, the report provides an overview of many of the issues faced by family caregivers nationwide and provides recommendations for addressing them. Continue reading

Baker Administration Announces Update on Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Availability

In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster is now available to individuals 65 years of age and older, individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, and individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine.

These residents are eligible to receive their Pfizer booster shot at least 6 months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Continue reading

Baker Administration Announces Expanded Vaccine Requirement for Long-Term Care Providers and Home Care Workers

The Baker Administration announced plans to require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff at rest homes, assisted living residences (ALRs), hospice programs, as well as for home care workers (HCWs) providing in-home, direct care services.

The plan to expand the vaccine requirement for caregivers is subject to Public Health Council (PHC) approval and is part of the Administration’s continued effort to protect older adults against COVID-19. Last month, the Administration announced a vaccine requirement for employees of skilled nursing facilities. Continue reading

SAMHSA Offers Supports to Veterans, Service Members, and Caregivers

For age-friendly communities working to support local older veterans or work with community-based veterans’ agents, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is highlighting a need for attention to service members, Veterans, military-connected families, and caregivers who may be feeling a wide range of emotions as the tragic events unfold in the fall of Afghanistan. Continue reading

The Home Alone Alliance from AARP Aims to Provide Info for Caregivers and Better Healthcare Connections

Convened by the AARP Public Policy Institute, the Home Alone AllianceSM  is a partnership of public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations coming together to create guidance for healthcare professionals who engage with family caregivers and tools for family caregivers providing complex care.

20 million family caregivers perform complex medical/nursing tasks- with very little guidance. The care they provide can be intense, time-consuming, and stressful. Continue reading

CDC, Archangels Studies Report Prevalence of Mental Health Challenges for Caregivers During Pandemic

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, caregivers, particularly persons with both parenting and adult caregiving responsibilities, will continue to face mental health challenges, and the need for caregivers is projected to increase as the U.S. population ages.

Age and dementia friendly community initiatives may consider how to be inclusive of caregiver needs when engaging residents for feedback and when crafting an action plan. Continue reading