Proclamation Signing

National Family Caregivers Month Proclamation Signing

We did it! You did it! Together, we are bringing awareness of family caregivers throughout Idaho. To honor each Idaho family caregiver, Governor Brad Little signed a proclamation recognizing November as National Family Caregivers Month. To see the proclamation click on the image or title of this post.

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.

Idaho Commission on Aging to develop a four-year statewide plan

The Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) is developing a four-year statewide Senior Services Plan and has contracted with Idaho State University to assess Idaho’s needs.  This survey is about your experiences with the services and resources in your community that assist older adults with living independently.  These are also services and resources that provide older adults with choices so that they have more control over their daily lives.

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ICA is helping ICOA distribute the online survey. Please share with your networks. The link is below:

ICOA’s Statewide Senior Services Needs Assessment

ICOA is tracking outreach efforts, so please Kevin Bittner know who you asked to assist with the distribution and the resources you used to reach others. Kevin can be reached at or 208-334-3833 x236.

If you have any questions, you can direct them to Kevin or to Pam Oliason at

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 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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Are they catching on?

image of the first part of article includes image of elder seated on a walker with someone kneeling beside himCaregivers are out there already taking care of hundreds of thousands of individuals in Idaho every day. It seems as though the need for caregiving services may be catching on. 
Judith Graham wrote an article, published in the Kaiser Health News, talking about this topic. Although her article discusses the providing of care for the older population, my hope is that this will bring more awareness around family caregivers and the huge responsibilities they face daily while caring for their loved ones. 

To read Judith’s full article, titled Drumbeat Builds For A Peace Corps of Caregivers, follow the link.

Click here to check out additional resources we have listed, one being your local Area Agency on Aging. 


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