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Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) – everyday tasks related to personal care usually performed for oneself in the course of a normal day, including bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, walking, taking medications, and other personal care activities.

Traumatic Brain Injury - CA Resources

The following are some of the organizations that provide services to families dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in California:

The Traumatic Brain Injury Services of California
www.tbisca.org

Caregivers at Risk

Family Caregiver Alliance’s statewide survey of California caregivers of brain-impaired adults (those with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, etc.), revealed:

Caregivers' Guide to Medications and Aging

Medications: A Double-Edged Sword

“Any symptom in an elderly patient should be considered a drug side effect until proved otherwise.”
Brown University Long-term Care Quality Letter, 1995.

FCA Report Examines Effects of Caregiving on Retirement Planning

Nearly one quarter of American households provide care to relatives or friends age 50 or older. What is the fiscal toll on family caregivers who leave their jobs to provide that unpaid care?  The question is addressed in a new policy brief released by FCA’s National Center on Caregiving.

According to the report, while long-term caregiving can tax the finances of any family, since ap-proximately 75 percent of caregivers are female, the economic effect is intensified for women. Women also provide “informal” (unpaid) care longer than men—in many cases, for more than five years.

Women and Caregiving: Facts and Figures

Who Are the Caregivers?

Most older persons with long-term care needs—65%—rely exclusively on family and friends to provide assistance.1 Another 30% will supplement family care with assistance from paid providers.2 Care provided by family and friends can determine whether older persons can remain at home. In fact, 50% of the elderly who have a long-term care need but no family available to care for them are in nursing homes, while only 7% who have a family caregiver are in institutional settings.3

 

Dementia, Caregiving and Controlling Frustration

The Stresses of Caregiving

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Archived Federal Legislation

Updated January 2007

The 108th Congress convened January 2003 and adjourned December 2004.  Below is a list of bills that were introduced in the 108th Congress.  For more information, use Thomas, the federal government’s website to research congressional activities: http://thomas.loc.gov/.

U.S. House of Representatives:

Caregiver Depression: A Silent Health Crisis

One of today’s all-too silent health crises is caregiver depression. A conservative estimate reports that 20% of family caregivers suffer from depression, twice the rate of the general population. Of clients of California’s Caregiver Resource Centers, nearly 60% show clinical signs of depression. And former caregivers may not escape the tentacles of this condition after caregiving ends. A recent study found that 41% of former caregivers of a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia experienced mild to severe depression up to three years after their spouse had died.

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