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|A newsletter of FCA's National Center on Caregiving
June 23, 2010
Volume X, Number 12
PolicyDigest will be taking a short break, but will return later in the
| IN THIS ISSUE|
State Legislation, Policy & Reports
- Report on States' Matching Services Registries for In-Home Care More...
Federal Legislation, Policy & Reports
- Survey Shows Strong Support for Paid Sick Days, Adverse Consequences of No Paid Sick Days More...
- Canada: Study Examines the Impact of Work Interferences on Family Caregiver Outcomes More...
- Ireland: "Call for Centres of Excellence for Alzheimer's Patients" More...
Research Reports & Journal Articles
- NIA Report: "Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented?" More...
- Study Examines Positive Effects of Spousal Caregiving More...
Conferences & Trainings
- Webinar: "Back to the Future: Independence at Home" June 30 More...
- n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow July 17-21 - Register Now for Discounted Rates More...
Funding, Media & Miscellaneous
- Apply Now for Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards More...
- NPR: "More Workers Alleging Bias Against Caregivers" More...
- Newsweek: "The Caregiving Boomerang" More...
Report on States' Matching Services Registries for
A national survey conducted by PHI found that only
one-third of states have developed a public matching services registry, which connects
consumers who receive self-directed care in their homes with independent
direct-care workers who provide that care.
Such a service can be greatly beneficial for older or disabled adults -
and their family caregivers - looking to hire someone to provide in-home care,
and it can play a role in providing stability and access to training for workers. For more information, visit:
Survey Shows Strong Support for Paid Sick Days,
Adverse Consequences of No Paid Sick Days|
On June 21, 2010, the
Public Welfare Foundation released a poll that finds 86% of respondents favor a
plan that guarantees workers seven paid sick days a year. Nearly one-fourth (23%) of respondents reported having lost a job or been threatened with job loss
for taking time off from work to care for a sick child or family member or to
cope with their own illness, and 16% reported having actually lost a job. There is currently a
bill in Congress, the Healthy Families Act, which would require most employers
to provide workers with paid sick days. For
more information, visit:
Public Welfare Foundation
Canada: Study Examines the
Impact of Work Interferences on Family Caregiver Outcomes|
An article in the
June issue of the Journal of Applied
Gerontology (Volume 29, Number 3) examines "The Impact of Work
Interferences on Family Caregiver Outcomes." The study of Canadian caregivers by R. Colin
Reid and colleagues examined the relationship between work interferences and
caregiver burden, well-being, and self-esteem within a modified stress
process model. They found that "subjective
assessment of work interferences may play a more important role than
does employment status" on caregiver outcomes. For more information, visit:
Journal of Applied Gerontology
Ireland: "Call for
Centres of Excellence for Alzheimer's Patients"
According to news
reports, a member of the Irish Parliament, Mary O'Rourke, recently called for
there to be centers of excellence for people suffering from Alzheimer's
disease. Modeled after centers of
excellence for people with cancer, such centers would engage in research on
finding treatments and a cure. She noted
that Alzheimer's is terrifying especially for the people who are caring for
someone with the disease. For more
NIA Report: "Can
Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented?"
National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health,
recently released a report, "Can Alzheimer's Disease be
Prevented?" The report examines
risk factors for Alzheimer's disease - those which can and cannot be
controlled, describes research related to preventing the disease, and provides
a discussion about the possibility of preventing or delaying onset of the
disease. For more information, visit:
National Institute on Aging
Positive Effects of Spousal Caregiving
A recent article
published in Psychology and Aging
(Volume 25, Number 1), "Does a Helping Hand Mean a Heavy Heart?," examines
the contexts in which providing care to an elderly spouse may result in
positive outcomes. Psychologist Michael
Poulin and colleagues found that spousal caregivers experience more positive
emotions and fewer negative emotions when they engage in hands-on care, such as
feeding and bathing, for their spouse.
Spousal caregivers tend to experience more negative emotions when the
care they provide is more passive, such as looking after a spouse to make sure
nothing goes wrong or that he or she doesn't wander. For more information, visit:
University of Buffalo
to the Future: Independence
at Home" June 30
The Campaign for
Better Care at the National Partnership for Women & Families is hosting
a webinar as part of its New Models of Care series on June 30, 2010 from 2:00 -
4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar,
"Back to the Future: Independence at Home," will discuss the Independence
at Home demonstration project that was included in health care reform
legislation and is designed for the highest-cost Medicare beneficiaries with
multiple chronic conditions. For more
Campaign for Better Care
n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow July 17-21 -
Register Now for Discounted Rates
Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is holding its 35th
Annual Conference and Tradeshow July 17-21, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. Register by June 25 for discounted
rates! The conference is designed to
engage AAA and Title VI aging program directors and staff, commission members,
service providers, researchers, gerontologists, and public officials with the
latest information on aging policy. For
more information, visit:
Apply Now for Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease
Caregiving Legacy Awards|
The National Center
on Caregiving (NCC) at Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is now accepting
applications for the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease
Caregiving Legacy Awards. Three awards of $20,000 each will be made to
organizations whose unique programs address the needs of Alzheimer's caregivers
in three categories. One award will be granted in Creative Expression, one in
Diverse/Multicultural Communities and one in Policy and Advocacy. The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
provides support for this awards program, now in its third year. The deadline
to apply is August 12, 2010. For more information, visit:
Family Caregiver Alliance
NPR: "More Workers
Alleging Bias Against Caregivers"
On June 10, 2010, NPR
aired a story on caregiver discrimination in the workplace, reporting that
there is "no
federal law that bans workplace discrimination against parents or people who
care for elderly or disabled family members."
Regardless, the number of lawsuits by employees who allege that they
were discriminated against because of their caregiving responsibilities has
grown in the past decade. In part as a result, the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued guidance on how to combat caregiver
discrimination and how employers can treat their employees fairly and avoid
such lawsuits. For more information,
An article in Newsweek by Gail Sheehy, "The Caregiving
Boomerang," highlights the experience of becoming a family caregiver, and it
provides advice for those who are in the caregiving role. Sheehy explains the challenges of managing
family relationships and the health problems that often result from the stress
of caregiving. Sheehy is the author of Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into
Confidence. For more information,
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