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February 19, 2015

Caregiving PolicyDigest Newsletter

Caregiving PolicyDigest is a publication of the National Center on Caregiving, a program of Family Caregiver Alliance. The newsletter offers a fresh look at the rapidly changing world of caregiving policy―at the local, national and international levels.

New Study Examines Ten States' Caregiver Programs

Family Caregiver Alliance’s National Center on Caregiving has released a new study that explores the preliminary experiences of ten states grappling with a major national issue: how to support and sustain those who are the backbone of our long-term care system—the family and informal caregivers of the elderly and adults with disabilities.

States included in the report are Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

Programs and Services Overview

FCA's work intersects three key areas: caregiver services, policy and research.  But across all agency programs, the services and products developed and delivered are based on real needs of real caregivers - those families we hear from and work with every day.   Specific business lines include:

Caregiver Services on the regional and national levels include:

California's Caregiver Resource Centers

Every year, California's nonprofit Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs), serve more than 14,000 families and caregivers of adults affected by chronic and debilitating health conditions including dementia, Alzheimer's disease, cerebrovascular diseases (such as stroke or aneurysms), degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Huntington's and multiple sclerosis, or traumatic brain injury (TBI), among many others.

El cuidado del paciente (Caregiving)

Se estima que entre un 19 y un 22% de las familias de Estados Unidos cuidan de un adulto con trastornos cognitivos. Los problemas cognitivos se presentan en toda una gama de enfermedades y trastornos como la enfermedad de Alzheimer, la enfermedad de Parkinson, la apoplejía, los traumatismos craneales y la demencia provocada por el SIDA. Aunque cada enfermedad tiene sus características peculiares, los familiares y cuidadores suelen compartir problemas, situaciones y estrategias comunes, independientemente del diagnóstico específico.

Selected Long-Term Care Statistics

What is Long-Term Care?

Incidence and Prevalence of the Major Causes of Brain Impairment


Many of the diseases and disorders that affect the brain are progressive and their incidence and prevalence increase with age. Caring for those with adult-onset brain impairments frequently becomes a 24-hour, 7-day a week role. As the population ages, the need for care and for understanding the impact of these disorders on families becomes even more pressing.

SF Bay Area Services for Family Caregivers

Who We Serve

FCA serves as the Bay Area's Caregiver Resource Center―there are Caregiver Resource Centers throughout California.


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