Tag Archives: Family Caregiving

Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH Hosting Virtual New England Family Conference

Join the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH for a free, virtual conference for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families. Sessions will feature notable guest speakers and include a panel of persons living with early stage dementia. Topics include tips and strategies to living well with cognitive changes, use of expressive therapies and mindfulness practice to live well, a caregiver panel, how to approach resistance to care, and creating a healthy and safe environment for living with dementia. Continue reading

ACL Releases Annual ‘Profile of Older Americans’

The Administration on Community Living (ACL) recently released the Profile of Older Americans, which is an annual summary of critical statistics related to the older population in the United States.

Relying primarily on data offered by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Profile illustrates the shifting demographics of Americans age 65 and older. It includes key topic areas such as income, living arrangements, education, and health. The 2021 Profile includes a special section on family caregiving. Continue reading

“State of Grandfamilies 2022” Report Reveals Households Led by Grandparents Experience Food Insecurity at Twice the National Rate

According to the “State of Grandfamilies 2022”  report released by Generations United, the 2.5 million children in the United States growing up in “grandfamilies” face higher rates of hunger and food insecurity than their peers.

Grandfamilies are families in which children are being raised by relatives – grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, or close friends – without their parents in the home. In fact, 25 percent of grandparent-headed households experienced food insecurity between 2019 and 2020. That is more than twice the national rate. Food insecurity negatively impacts a child’s ability to learn and grow and has long-term health implications. Continue reading

Provide Feedback on the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers.

The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers was created to support family caregivers of all ages, from youth to grandparents, and regardless of where they live or what caregiving looks like for them and their loved ones. The public is invited to comment on the strategy by November 30th.

The strategy was developed jointly by the advisory councils created by the RAISE  Family Caregiving  Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, with extensive input from the public, including family caregivers and the people they support. It will be updated in response to public comments and will evolve with the caregiving landscape. Continue reading

Celebrating and Recognizing November as National Family Caregivers Month

Celebrated every November, National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers.

In support of the more than one million Massachusetts residents who provide frequent or daily care to their family members, the Baker Administration has proclaimed November 2022 as Family Caregivers Month in the Commonwealth. Continue reading

RAISE Act Family Caregiving Council Announces 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers was created to support family caregivers of all ages, from youth to grandparents, and regardless of where they live or what caregiving looks like for them and their loved ones.

The local strategies may be of interest to communities working to become more age and dementia friendly and also integrating caregiver support into their action plans. Continue reading

New Report Aims to Better Address Health Issues of Family Caregivers

The report “Chronic Disease Family Caregiving: The Framework for Family Caregiving and Public Health,” was developed with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation and in partnership with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). This framework is based on recognizing two main root level issues: that family caregiver health and wellness is an issue that must be addressed and that care coordination efforts are of particular concern as the complexity of care is increasing. Continue reading