Results from a 50+ voter survey conducted by AARP reiterates a preference from caregivers and older adults to receive care at home, but also reveals an array of interesting stats like who defines themselves as family caregivers and what caregivers spend their money on for their loved ones.
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
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
With a goal to raise awareness around services and supports for older adults and caregivers, the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition and Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative have partnered to create an informational resource available in multiple languages that will be distributed at COVID-19 vaccination sites managed by CIC Health. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Advisory Council, established under Chapter 220 of the Acts of 2018, released the Massachusetts State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Continue reading
Through their tireless support and love, family caregivers help thousands of older adults and individuals with disabilities live and thrive in their communities. However, the joys and rewards of family caregiving are met equally with challenges that can impact their health and wellbeing – and caregivers have faced unprecedented challenges during the past year. Many transitioned to providing a greater intensity of care during the pandemic, all while juggling work-from-home and new routines without access to pre-pandemic supports.
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to help announce and promote the launch of the new Caring for the Caregiver monthly webinar series, hosted by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Mass Home Care, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Continue reading
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the deep existing flaws in the long-term care system and elevated opportunities to better support healthcare workers, improve care, and reducing disparities.
Task forces on both a national and state scale recently released separate reports that bring to light issues of concern and potential solutions. Continue reading