— Please join us at these free workshops to learn more about dementia caregiving from several community resources and keynote speaker, Paul Raia, who has been directing patient care and family support at the Alzheimer’s Association for over 30 years.   Overcoming Inertia: Essential Conversations for Family Caregivers Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield Register online * Complimentary dinner served at 6 p.m.; Program starts at 6:30 p.m. Behavioral Sleuthing: Uncovering …

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— More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

— Former television news anchor Diane Ako writes about her life as a mother, wife and caregiver to her mother, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, in her “Peace of Mind” blog This was the first year Mother’s Day was hard for me, and this feeling takes me by surprise. When I go to see her, I’m usually chirpy and full of updates – which will never be understood but make me feel better to put out there. This year, …

— Have you checked out I ♥ Caregivers yet? Already hundreds in Massachusetts and nationwide have shared their stories about the joys and challenges — as well as advice — about caring for those we love.   “I’ve sacrificed everything to care for my parents: finances, relationships, home, health … but I do my best to take care of myself … Caregiving is both the most difficult and most rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced. “ — Amy   Their stories are …

— No one plans to have an accident or illness that sends you to the hospital. But Kauai geriatrician and palliative care physician Dr. Laurel Coleman said the time for families to talk about hospital care decisions, caregiving and post-hospital care is before a serious illness or injury happens. Coleman is the featured speaker at a free AARP Hawaii workshop in Kapaa on June 3rd. “Hospitalization is hardly ever anticipated and rarely planned for and yet it is very common as …

— Greetings one and all… It is a glorious spring morning in Denver. My window on the world reveals blue skies, sunshine, flowers, and green grass. A lovely change from the 15” of snow that Mother Nature dropped in our backyard last weekend. Springtime in the Rockies. Gotta love it! I had a preview of the spring snowstorm as I drove back from the Western Slope of Colorado. I made it up and over the mountain passes with only a few …

— More than 154,000 people in Hawaii care for parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on July 1, a new law takes effect that will make life a little easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires Hawaii’s acute care hospitals to: …

— AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided the following statement in regards to the budget proposal released by the Malloy Administration today and the potential negative impact it may have on our senior residents: “Governor Malloy unveiled a budget blueprint that includes detrimental cuts to the core services for our seniors and places the burden from years of bad budget decisions onto the shoulders of our most vulnerable,” Duncan said. “AARP calls on legislative leaders from both parties to stand …

— Larry Apodaca cared for his mother, Terry, for nearly nine years as she endured the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. With the exception of occasional visits from a nurse, he tended to his mom on his own at home because “no one could care for her like I could.” Apodaca, 62, now hosts a caregiver support group for Latino men, which meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2300 S. Patton Ct. in …

— Join AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association for a free program to address the daily challenges faced by families who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Featured speaker is Sonia Jackson Myles, author of The Sister Accord-51 Ways to Love Your Sister. Ms. Myles will focus on the caregiving experience. AARP will provide CAREversation, an interactive experience to provide caregivers tips and tools to care for themselves and their loved ones. There will also …