¿Cómo pueden los cuidadores obtener más apoyo?

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Por Laura Mecoy Cheryl R. Brown ya había pasado casi toda una vida como cuidadora cuando a su esposo le diagnosticaron ELA (esclerosis lateral amiotrófica), también conocida como la enfermedad de Lou Gehrig, en el 2002. Ella empezó a prestar cuidados a los 12 años, cuando su abuela tuvo un derrame cerebral, y siguió ayudando a otros familiares con el pasar de los años. Aunque tiene mucha experiencia, Brown, de 70 años, dijo que a veces lucha para obtener el …

AARP Salutes California Capitol Caregivers

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Home & Family Every day, more than 4,000,000 Californians perform a great labor of love, caring for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can stay at home—where they want to be—and out of costly institutions. Three elected officials in California went above and beyond this year to provide a little bit of help for family caregivers by championing the California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act (SB 940 – Jackson) and the California Caregiver Act of 2014 (AB 1744 – Brown, Atkins) . To …

New Book Can Help You Put Your Papers in Order

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Pulling together personal and financial affairs can be overwhelming. A new book published by AARP and the American Bar Association can ease that process, helping readers feel confident that if anything happens to them, they—and their family members—will be well prepared. AARP author Sally Balch Hurme is visiting California this month on a prerelease tour to discuss the book, ABA/AARP Checklist for My Family: A Guide to My History, Financial Plans and Final Wishes. The book guides readers through the …

Caregivers Searching for More Help

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Ray Huard About four years ago, Antoinette Alioto’s 86-year-old father was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Weeks later, her mother, 82, suffered two strokes. Suddenly, Alioto, a single mother of four children in San Diego, was faced with becoming an almost full-time caregiver while trying to get a small business teaching cooking classes off the ground. Her three sisters helped, but Alioto, 50, said she became the primary caregiver. “It was pretty much around the clock,” Alioto said. “My …

Cupcakes and Caregiving: Here’s Help

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Providing care for a family member can be one of the most rewarding and most challenging tasks that any person can face. On Nov. 22, AARP will honor caregivers as part of National Family Caregivers Month by giving away cupcakes and information at the Downey Farmers Market, 11039 Downey Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. AARP caregiving experts will be available to answer questions and provide resources. Across California, more than 4 million people help with food preparation and …

Can You Help Caregivers on August 14th?

Posted on 08/13/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Home & Family Millions of Californians are adding a job skill to their “life résumé” – that of family caregiver. Often they are assisting their loved ones so they can stay at home, but AARP surveys say that they often don’t know where to turn for help. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, but are often unaware of the critical resources and support available to them and how to cope with the challenges that come with being a caregiver. That is why …