FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2008
Media Contact: Bonnie Lawrence
(415) 434-3388 ext. 312
blawrence (at) caregiver (dot) org
Two New Fact Sheets from FCA Discuss Age-Related Vision Impairment and the Ambiguous Losses of Caregiving
SAN FRANCISCO —August 18, 2008—Family Caregiver Alliance announces the publication of two new titles in its comprehensive library of Fact Sheets for caregivers.
FCA’s Fact Sheet on Vision Loss discusses the most common causes of age-related vision impairment, with information on macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. Current approaches to treatment, the emotional toll of vision loss, and how families and caregivers can adapt their environment and help maintain independence for those affected by low vision are covered in straightforward, accessible language. A list of resources for further information is included as well.
The second Fact Sheet, Caregiving and Ambiguous Loss, explores the conflicting feelings caregivers face as they care for someone with memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease or another cause. The Fact Sheet outlines the source of the ambiguous losses, and includes specific coping strategies to deal with the roller-coaster emotions of caring for someone who is “here but not here.”
The full collection of more than 60 FCA Fact Sheets is available at no charge online at http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/publications.jsp?nodeid=345. To order by mail, send $2 for each copy to Publication Orders, Family Caregiver Alliance, 180 Montgomery Street, Ste. 1100, San Francisco, CA 94104.
Established in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance serves as a public voice for caregivers. FCA’s pioneering programs--information, education, services, research and advocacy-- support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. The organization offers programs at local, state and national levels. The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance was established in 2001 to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective programs and policies for caregivers in every state in the country. Visit www.caregiver.org or call (800) 445-8106 for more information.
NOTE to Editors: FCA’s new Family Care Navigator helps families and service providers locate publicly funded caregiver support services in every state in the nation. Included are FAQs, a glossary, links to disease-specific organizations and much more. Click here to visit this online resource from Family Caregiver Alliance.
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