A new national center for traumatic brain injury to open

image of a brain scan showing brain is red could signify swellingThe Administration for Community Living announced that the Human Services Research Institute in partnership with the National Association of State Head Injury are launching the Traumatic Brain Injury Technical Assistance and Resource Center. The goal of this new center is to help states promote access and supports to individuals who have sustained a TBI.

To keep up to date, check out one of the partners’ websites National Association of State Head Injury or Human Services Research Institute.

Have you completed your annual medication review?

As we age, and as our loved one ages, it is important to conduct an annual review of the regular medications consumed. Preparing for your annual medical/health check-up is a great time to complete your medication review. Make a list of what medications you are taking and any questions you might have for your healthcare provider. Go in knowing that some medications can impact cognition and some medications should be avoided as we get older. 


Apps or web-based methods that help people coordinate the care of dementia.

The National Institute on Aging announced the winners of this year’s NIA Eureka Prize competition. The challenge was for innovators to come up with mobile device apps or web-based methods that could help individuals navigate and coordinate the care of dementia. To read the full article and see what to keep an eye out for, please follow this link, Winners announced for National Institute on Aging.

October is Residents’ Rights Month

Although we want to make sure you are aware of your loved one’s rights all year long, we thought you should know about October’s Residents’ Rights Month. The goal of Residents’ Rights Month is to provide education and awareness around the rights individuals have when staying in long-term nursing homes or assisted living facilities; specifically, individual dignity, choice, and self-determination. These areas of focus are included in the federal Nursing Home Reform Law.

To learn more click on the following link Residents’ Rights Month.

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Idaho Caregiver Alliance News Brief

The Idaho Caregiver Alliance is excited to share some information with you which is why we created an ICA News Brief. Hopefully, your inbox just received it. But, just in case you missed the news, Here is what the brief included.

Breaking News:

We are excited to announce that Governor Brad Little will be signing the National Family Caregivers Month Proclamation on November 7th at 9 a.m. If you are around and would like to participate, please email Marilyn at FrontierGroupIdaho@gmail.com by Oct. 31, 2019.

AARP is updating their Idaho Resource Guide and we need your help.

AARP, with the help from our team, is updating their Idaho Resource guide (here is the link to the current Resource Guide). Part of this update depends upon you and your needs. Please take a moment to complete the following survey by Friday, October 18, 2019.  Here is the link to the Resource Guide for Family Caregivers Key Informant Survey.

Idaho Commission on Aging to host Town Hall Meetings throughout the state

The Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) is conducting town hall meetings statewide to gain public comments on their four-year Senior Services State Plan. Such services include, but not limited to, home-delivered meals, homemaker, respite, senior transportation, home modification, legal assistance, adult protection, and Ombudsman services. Here is a list of the meetings we have been notified thus far:

  • Idaho Falls– Monday, October 21st, 11– 3 p.m., Idaho Falls Senior Center
  • Ririe– Tuesday, October 22nd, 11– 3 p.m., Ririe Senior Center
  • Stone – Thursday, October 24th, 11– 3 p.m., Curlew Senior Center
  • Pocatello –Friday, October 25th, 11– 3 p.m., Senior Activity Center
  • Twin Falls -Monday, November 4th, 11– 3 p.m., Twin Falls Senior Center
  • Burley –Tuesday, November 5th, 11– 3 p.m., Burley Senior Center
  • Nampa– Monday, November 18th, 11– 3 p.m., Nampa Senior Center
  • Weiser– Tuesday, November 19th, 11– 3 p.m., Weiser

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The Idaho Caregiver Alliance was in the Boise State News

Clip of articleA professor at Boise State University and member of the Idaho Caregiver Alliance Leadership team, Sarah Toevs, spoke about Idaho rural communities and Idaho family caregivers during the AARP Livable Communities Rural Livability Workshop. 

Check out the full article posted in Boise State University’s Boise State News –Sarah Toevs shares best practices for caregivers in rural communities.

Check out AARP Livable Communities: Rural Livability webpage for more information on what was covered at the conference and to check out other related resources. 


A Caregiver Conversational Guide for Falls Prevention

snippit of first two paragraphs of the conversation guideCreated in partnership between the National Alliance for Caregiving and the National Council on Aging, this Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers is a wonderful resource. The guide provides data on falls, reasons for increasing stability and physical fitness, what resources are available for caregivers, and much much more. 

To access the full document, click on this link which will guide you to Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers.

Male and millennial caregivers

Elderly person with male nurseTraditionally it has been thought that a caregiver is female and 50+ years of age. This is no longer the case. Men now encompass 40% of the family caregivers now providing care. And there are more than 10,000,0000 millennials who have stepped up to the caregiving plate. It’s time we recognize caregivers come in all shapes, genders, and ages. 

For more information on millennial and male caregivers check out this article on The Invisibility of a Family Caregiver by Jean Accius with AARP.

Your Opportunity to Speak

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has recently opened public comment on an 1115 waiver to add work requirements to Idaho’s Medicaid expansion. During the legislative session, the Idaho Caregiver Alliance spoke out in support of implementation of Medicaid expansion as supported by the voters last fall and in opposition to these work requirements as burdensome, unnecessary, and costly. Two public hearings are planned in Boise. If you are not in Boise, you can call in to testify.

Public Hearings

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019

Location: Lincoln Auditorium in the Idaho State Capital Building, 700 W.

Jefferson St., Boise; or call in to 1-877-820-7831, 301388#

Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

Location: East Conference Room in the Joe R. Williams Building, 700 W.

State St., Boise; or call in to 1-877-820-7831, 301388#

Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (Mountain Time)

To help you develop your testimony:

Here is a link to information on this waiver application and a template to send your message via email:  https://www.closethegapidaho.org/take-action/take-email-action/

Here is the link to the draft 1115 work requirement application


You can also share your story on the Close the Gap Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CloseTheGapIdaho/

This is your opportunity to speak out on this important issue.

On behalf of the Idaho Caregiver Alliance,


Marilyn Sword
Frontier Group, LLC
Box 225, Boise, ID  83701

HIke 2 Heal

Hike 2 Heal releases a quarterly newsletter for cancer survivors and caregivers. In this issue, they talk about the great support they received during Idaho Gives and about their hikes/backpacking trips. 

If you’d like to stay connected to John & Junes Mission, Inc. Hike 2 Heal, follow the link here https://www.johnandjunesmission.org/