Hispanic Heritage Month Event -Live stream

2019 Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated between September 15-October 15 and was started back in 1968 to celebrate the “independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. (hispanicheritagemonth.org, 2019).

This live stream event will be presented by the Administration for Community Living (ACL).


Kinship Family Day

There are simultaneous events happening in multiple Idaho cities on September 21st. Specifically, Boise, Idaho Falls, and Coeur d’Alene. Check out the flyer for the location of where the event is being held in your town.

You’re encouraged to register ahead of the event if at all possible but do not let that dissuade you from attending. Here is the link to register https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nwtq88m


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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

megaphone with important coming out of it Hello!

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

Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren -live stream public meeting

Taken from the Administration for Community Living website:

First Public Meeting – Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Join us for the first public meeting of the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Advisory Council!

August 28: 10:30 a.m. to  5:30  p.m.
August 29: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn—Washington Capitol
550 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024.
Registration is required to attend in person, and space is limited to the first 50 RSVPs.

Live Stream
If you can’t join in person, you can watch online.

Meeting agenda: Coming soon

Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The number of grandparents and other older relatives who are caring for children is significant and growing, in part due to the opioid crisis. Although caregivers’ lives are enhanced by the experience, providing full-time care to children can decrease caregivers’ abilities to address their own health and well-being needs.

Recognizing that these caregivers would benefit from improved coordination of resources intended to support them, as well as better dissemination of information about those resources, the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act established an Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

The Advisory Council will identify, promote, coordinate, and disseminate to the public information, resources, and the best practices available to help grandparents and other older relatives both meet the needs of the children in their care; and maintain their own physical and mental health and emotional well-being.


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/

9 Steps to Respite Care

ARCH (Access to Respite Care and Help) National Respite Network in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation created a 9 Steps to Respite Care guide for Military Caregivers. This guide, although specified for military caregivers, is another great resource for the non-military caregiver. 

The 9 Steps to Respite Care for Military Caregivers provides 9 great tips on how to navigate respite and helps by providing some great related links. To access the full document click on the following link https://archrespite.org/images/Caregiver_Fact_Sheets/Military_Caregivers.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3I7VOS3tu9yljUuCShF8-vUCED8ZqBlmKDOSvC7IdDgO5D_ANKmieeC1g.

Cover page of linked document

North Idaho Love

Dr Toevs standing near a welcome sign in front of North Idaho HospiceThis past July the Idaho Caregiver Alliance and the Idaho Commission on Aging visited North Idaho to host the Caregiving in Idaho: Lifespan Respite Summit. While we were in Coeur d’Alene, we were embraced by so many lovely individuals who support Idaho’s family caregivers. One of those wonderful organizations was Hospice of North Idaho. 

To read more about Hospice of North Idaho click on the following link which will take you to their website https://www.hospiceofnorthidaho.org/

Reflecting Back on our Legislative Lunch

On March 19, 2019, the Idaho Caregiver Alliance hosted our first legislative lunch at the Idaho State Capitol. The event was open to all caregivers, their loved ones, and our legislators. The lunch, sponsored by Blue Cross of Idaho and Molina Healthcare, was an opportunity to help connect caregivers with their legislators in a setting less intimidating.

During the planning process, it was suggested that we pick a type of lunch that would reflect family caregivers; we decided on a breaded bowl of soup.

The event was so successful that we’ve scheduled our second legislative lunch for 2020, stay tuned. Here is a video we put together from the photos collected during the event, click here.

If you would like to become an advocate and/or contact your legislator, click on this link which will help you find out who your legislator is.

Uniquely Yours but Similar Enough

Long road traveled

As a caregiver you’ve faced several challenges that are uniquely yours. Although these challenges (both good and bad) are unique there are similarities to somone else’s caregiver situation. Sharing your story and opening your heart are two very generous gifts you can offer a fellow caregiver. 

Here is an Inspirational story of opening your heart but also of how one local individual took his situation and was able to improve upon it; helping others along the way. https://kurtkoontz.com/2019/06/25/humble-hero/