— Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral program for singers 55 plus, is pleased to introduce a chorus for those diagnosed with early or beginning moderate Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments. The “Sentimental Journey Singers” is fifteen-week set to begin Monday, September 9, 2019, rehearsals will be from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Insight Memory Care Center at 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA. If you are interested in learning more about the “Sentimental Journey Singers” program …

— A Kinship Caregivers’ Support Network Bedford Area Seniors Raising Kids (BASrK) is a network of 50-plus Virginians from the Bedford area who are raising their extended family’s children. Their goal is to develop a safe, nurturing, confidential, and interactive group that promotes health, wellness, and decreased stress as they endeavor to raise healthy, happy kids. The group provides Fellowship Collaboration Support Information & referral Education on topics relevant to our unique group Meetings are held the third Saturday of the …

— Caregivers of family members with dementia face many challenges and often neglect their own needs while taking care of others. We asked Toni Pliskin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the NorthShore Center for Brain Health, to describe common challenges caregivers face, as well as strategies for self-care and brain health.  Common challenges With changes in roles and responsibilities, caregivers may feel torn in different directions. The weight of responsibility due to caring for someone may cause feelings of isolation, sadness and …

— Survey Launch Press release 5/13/2019 2019 Alabama Caregiving Survey Annotation Alabama Family Caregiver Profile One-pager Family Caregiver Act One-pager Alabama Family Caregivers Act – SB 376 Alabama lawmakers have a chance to help our state’s 761,000 family caregiver’s daily lives a bit less stressful. Senate Bill 376 – the Alabama Family Caregiver Act – recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in keeping their loved ones out of costly institutions through three simple, no-cost provisions: 1. IDENTIFY – The name …

— If you’re not currently a caregiver, you likely will be one in the future or need the help of a caregiver yourself at some point in your life. This year AARP North Dakota is hosting a series of caregiving telephone town halls to help support North Dakota family caregivers. If you missed our first telephone town hall on March 12, you can watch and listen to it here. We covered three main topic areas: what resources are available to caregivers …

— ASHLAND_ Every day, more than 1 million Virginians care for older parents, spouses, and adult children with disabilities, helping with everything from driving to the doctor’s office or getting groceries to balancing checkbooks and helping with medical care. AARP is hosting an event focusing on hearing the needs of family caregivers from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Ashland Theatre, 205 England St., Ashland.  This session will include the free screening of a popular current film that focuses …

— Caring for a loved one? Have caregiving challenges and questions? AARP Virginia is sponsoring Navigating the Caregiving Journey conference in Woodbridge on April 13. This annual event connects family caregivers with support and solutions; empowers family caregivers with insights and information; and educates and informs family caregivers with engaging and enlightening presentations. . The goal of the conference is to connect you with support and solutions; empower you with insights and information, and educate you with engaging and enlightening presentations. …

— AARP knows that family caregivers are unsung heroes who are often overwhelmed by their responsibilities and experience burn-out, though they consider caring for their loved ones a privilege.  Help is on the way!  The Care for the Caregiver Coalition is offering a free educational caregiving series to help caregivers with their responsibilities, supported by AARP Utah, Weber Human Services, Comfort Keepers, Comfort WoRx, CNS, Utah State University Extension, and the Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services.  The classes begin …

— Elder abuse measures, college affordability legislation, and redistricting bill among AARP-supported legislation. The Virginia General Assembly passed new laws strengthening protections against elder abuse, made progress toward college affordability, and took a solid first step in an effort to redraw voting districts in a bipartisan way during the 2019 session – actions which AARP Virginia supported. Legislators went home without acting on AARP’s top two legislative priorities. AARP volunteers will return to the General Assembly next year to seek tax …

— We often refer to family caregivers as Wisconsin’s unsung heroes, flying under the radar for little or no money while providing vital care that allows their loved ones to continue living in their homes and communities as long as possible. In fact, did you know that Wisconsin’s 578,000-plus family caregivers provide about 538 million hours of care to their parents, spouses, partners, and others every year? In addition, they spend an average of $7,000 per year on out-of-pocket costs related …