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Family caregivers are a part of the backbone of care in the United States.

What the RAISE Family Caregivers Act Means for Caregivers

Too often while providing care to our loved ones, we may find ourselves lacking things like services, respite options, financial security, workplace security and education to address the challenges we face every day. To try to address this shortcoming, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, & Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act was signed into law in January of 2018 to come up with a national family caregiving plan.

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By Sarah Nicolay | 11/15/2021

A professional caregiver talking with an older adult

Recognizing the Challenges of Multiple-Duty Caregivers

November is National Caregiving Month. We respectfully take time to honor our professional caregivers. We also recognize our equally important unpaid caregivers. Especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we pay tribute to these frontline workers. But what about those people who are double—or even triple—duty caregivers?

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By Lisa Weitzman | 11/15/2021

Mental Health 101: Helping Your Loved One Face Changes in Mental Health

Depression, anxiety and other behavioral health symptoms can make life difficult for anybody, but especially for older adults whose behavioral changes are often dismissed as normal aging. Despite what many say, getting the “blues” is not a not a normal part of aging. This webinar will provide an overview of two common mental health concerns: depression and anxiety. In addition to learning what to look for, and when someone may need extra support, we will look at what we can do to support your older loved ones who may be experiencing a mental health concern and what resources are available.

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By Kerstin Yoder | 11/04/2021

A caregiver comforting an older adult

Sundowning and Dementia: What to do About Late-Day Behaviors

For those with dementia and their caregivers, the late day hours can often be a disorienting, stressful time. When the sun goes down, individuals with dementia may become agitated, restless, confused, irritable and at times even delirious—seeing and hearing things that are not there—to a greater extent than they do early in the day. This symptom of dementia is known as “sundowning” or “Sundowners Syndrome.” For individuals with dementia and their caregivers, it can be a scary, upsetting nightly occurrence.

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By Julie Hayes | 10/15/2021

A caregiver preparing a holiday meal together with an older loved one

Planning Ahead for the Approaching Holiday Season as a Caregiver

Holidays often have a special meaning for older adults and their family members. They are occasions set aside to acknowledge the passage of time, celebrate significant events in our lives and bring families and friends to come together. By making the most of these special moments, we can truly value our time together with the ones we love.

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10/15/2021