No caregiver wants to see their loved one fall

No caregiver wants to see their loved one fall and still, of those 65 and older, one in four falls each year. Although we have the data for our older population, fall prevention and reduction is not just for those 65 and older. As family caregivers, we are always wanting to decrease the chances of … Continue reading No caregiver wants to see their loved one fall

Understanding the difference between a parent and a caregiver?

Many times the term caregiver is understood to be caring for someone over the age of 18 with medical, physical, or mental complications. Yet, many young parents are put into a caregiving role when their peers get to parent.  Understanding what differentiates a parent from a caregiver helps us gain more understanding and build awareness … Continue reading Understanding the difference between a parent and a caregiver?

Today is the last day to provide public comment

Today is the last day to provide public comments against some proposed rule changes by the Department of Health and Human Services. This rule change would attempt to erase protections that prohibit government-funded programs from discriminating against the people they serve based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and in some cases religion.  Examples that … Continue reading Today is the last day to provide public comment

Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Input Needed

Input is needed to help the Administration for Community Living, the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act build a report to include best practices, resources, and other useful information. “This report will be delivered to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Congress, and the state agencies responsible for carrying … Continue reading Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Input Needed

Ada County to offer an informational session on the Circuit Breaker Program; make sure your county is involved.

If you’ve lived in Idaho even for a short time, you should be aware of the growth and impact housing costs and property taxes have had on residents. As family caregivers, we do not need to add this to our extensive list of worries. Currently, there is a Circuit Breaker program that some individuals can … Continue reading Ada County to offer an informational session on the Circuit Breaker Program; make sure your county is involved.

Are you in need of respite?

Are you in need of respite? There are programs scattered around Idaho offering some form of respite service. Check out the current list of programs that are supported in part by grant monies received through the Idaho Commission on Aging from the US Administration of Community Living click on the following link, Respite programs in … Continue reading Are you in need of respite?

Do you manage someone else’s money?

Do you manage someone else’s money? Would you like to understand your responsibilities as you manage that money, become aware of scams and potential financial exploitation, and learn where best to turn if you need help? The federal Comsumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Office of Older Americans, has released four guides to help understand what … Continue reading Do you manage someone else’s money?

ACL Request for Public Comment on Challenges Faced by Caregivers

ACL (Administration for Community Living) and the Family Caregiving Advisory Council is requesting public comments on the challenges faced by family caregivers.  The public comment period is open to individuals as well as organizations who assist family caregivers. The information collected will help with the initial recommendations report to Congress and help the Council plan … Continue reading ACL Request for Public Comment on Challenges Faced by Caregivers

2019 Release of Modifying Your Home for Healthy Aging

In partnership, the Eldercare Locator, Administration for Community Living, and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) have released a brochure called Modifying your Home for Healthy Aging. As a caregiver, there are always twenty things on the to-do list. With each passing day, specific tasks, unfortunately, take a back seat to other pressing … Continue reading 2019 Release of Modifying Your Home for Healthy Aging

Alzheimer’s Association has released a few lesson modules

The Alzheimer’s Association has released a few modules that are geared towards schools in public health and other related disciplines. That being said, if you are interested in learning more about cognitive health, cognititve impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease you might find these modules interesting and informative.  Currently there are four modules: A public Health Crisis … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Association has released a few lesson modules