Diabetes and Heat: Safety Tips

People with diabetes should be extra careful during hot weather. Temperatures of 80°F (about 27°C) or above, especially with high humidity, can affect medication, testing supplies, and your health. If you have diabetes, it is harder for your body to handle high heat and humidity. The heat index, which measures how hot it really feels by combining temperature and humidity readings, advises caution starting at 80°F with 40 percent humidity. Here are suggestions from CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation on taking care of yourself during hot weather: Heat can affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels and also increase the absorption of some fast-acting insulin, meaning you will need to test your blood glucose more often and perhaps adjust your intake of insulin, food and liquids. […]

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Poverty Institute – Obtain the Tools Needed to Effectively Move People Out of Poverty

  The Beegle Poverty Institutes are designed for professionals from the fields of justice, education, health, social service, housing, faith-­based and community organizations. The poverty institutes are fully accredited through Portland State University and led by Dr. Donna Beegle, poverty expert, public speaker and researcher who grew up in generational poverty. Dr. Beegle has been training professionals for over 27 years on how to help those in the crisis of poverty to get out, and stay out of poverty. Phoenix Poverty Institutes flyer Poverty Institute Poverty Coaching Institute

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10 Fun Indoor Activities for Seniors in Assisted Living

What is your caregiving tied to? For many with aging parents and relatives in assisted living facilities, your caregiving involves transportation, helping with finances, shopping for necessities, and advocating for care with insurance and healthcare providers. The time for visiting and simply doing something fun can seem to slip through your fingers week by week. Get motivated to make more of your time together and help your loved one stay active with these 10 creative ideas: Play games A novelty idea for “rainy day fun,” puzzles and games are brain-boosting fun for older adults who spend more time indoors as well. Track down an old card or board game your loved one used to enjoy and bring it on your next visit. Or download a […]

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Family Caregiver Day at the Capitol March 30th, 2017

Family Caregiver Day at the Capitol March 30th, 2017 Sponsored by the Arizona Caregiver Coalition Caregivers may be partners, family members, or close friends. Most often, they’re not trained for the caregiver job. Many times, they’re the lifeline of the person with the diagnosis.  Consequently, caregivers will put their lives on hold or adjust their work schedule to care for their loved ones, oftentimes creating an economic burden. Finances are reduced due to out-of-pocket caregiving expenses.  63% of Arizona caregivers use their own money to help provide care, per AARP. Caregivers will reduce hours or quit the workforce all together.  According to AARP, 68% of Arizonians will modify their work schedule. MetLife reports that family caregivers (age 50 and older) who leave the workforce to […]

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Time Out Workshop presents MODERN AGING

Learn about Modern Aging and earn CEUs by attending a Time Out Workshop. Date: Monday March 20, 2017 Place: Ability360 5025 E Washington Street, Phoenix, 85034 Price: $40 Registration at 7:45am; Starts at 8:15am Program ends at 4:45pm Lunch included Modern Aging   The Daily Practice of Mindfulness for a Hectic World – Maribeth Gallagher, DNP, FAAN   The New Era of Prevention Research in Alzheimer’s Disease – William J. Burke, M.D.   Getting Older, What Do I Need To Know? – Emily B. Kile, Elder Law Attorney   Abuse and Neglect – Terri Rowe and Gabe V. Kory, Medical Malpractice Attorneys   A, B, C, D’s of Medicare – Jerry Watterworth, Coordinator of Community Education   The Uncovered Population – Todd Gray, Care Coordinator for Care By Design (Services for those […]

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Resolution on the Death of David Besst by the House of Representatives

Resolution on the Death of David Besst by the House of Representatives

Resolution on the Death of David Besst by the House of Representatives State of Arizona House of Representatives Fifty-third Legislature First Regular Session 2017 HR 2004 Introduced by Representative Heather Carter   David Besst passed away on January 30, 2017. Growing up as the only boy in a house of seven sisters, David was instilled with a love for family and a desire to help others at an early age.  When his mother was diagnosed with dementia, he moved into her home to care for her as she battled the disease. David’s personal experience as his mother’s caregiver served as the impetus to his future professional endeavors. Committed to making a difference, David founded the Arizona Caregiver Coalition, a community-based organization that provides support to […]

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National Caregiver Day and Support

National Caregiver Day – Third Friday in February

National Caregiver Day is observed annually on the third Friday in February. Across the nation dedicated health care professionals serve those who require long-term or hospice care.  National Caregivers Day honors those men and women dedicated to providing these vital services.  Paid caregivers deliver a variety of services from personal care to medical services with compassion and professionalism.  Their days may be long and demanding, but they provide support to those who need it most. National Caregivers Day recognizes caregivers providing quality, compassionate care every day. HOW TO OBSERVE Take time to thank a caregiver for their dedication and care of our loved ones.  Use #NationalCaregiversDay to post on social media. HISTORY National Caregivers Day was founded by Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHHA) […]

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Representative Heather Carter Sponsors $1,000 Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit

Representative Heather Carter Sponsors $1,000 Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit – HB 2209

One in eight Arizonans – about 804,000 people – spends at least one hour per week helping an elderly friend or relative get by. Stephen Jennings, associate state director at AARP Arizona, said he supports a tax credit for those who are doing so much. “Your typical caregiver spends around $6,000 of their own money taking care of the loved one over the year,” Jennings said. “And we’d like to see the Legislature pass a $500-a-year tax credit for people taking care of others.”   Recently, Representative Heather Carter Sponsors $1,000 Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit – HB 2209 Specifics: Taxpayer must be a resident of Arizona Gross income may not exceed $75,000 for a single person or a married person filing separately or $150,000 […]

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National Caregiving Policy Review

National Caregiving Policy Review

National Landscape As a voice for family caregivers, the National Alliance for Caregiving often participates in public discussions about the needs of caregivers and policy solutions that may better support their care. The Alliance regularly engages in national caregiving policy review and partnerships with other advocates for the aging and persons with disabilities to find cross-cutting solutions that will support caregiving.   Policy Spotlight Tracked Legislation General Policy Spotlight This is legislation we are following and actively supporting. The National Alliance for Caregiving encourages caregiver advocates to contact their legislators and ask them to support the following:   Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act H.R. 3099  and S.1719 Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop, maintain and update […]

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Arizona Caregiver Coalition Receives 2017 Grant from Jean Griswold Foundation

Grants recognize diverse winners across the United States. The Jean Griswold Foundation announced the grant winners for 2017. The 28 winning grants represent 17 different states across the country. The Jean Griswold Foundation, established as the Griswold Cares Foundation in 2010, provides grants to select nonprofit organizations to build, strengthen, and sustain programs that enhance the quality of life for low income elderly and adults with disabilities who choose to “age in place”. “We are so pleased to have a diverse set of winners across the nation,” said Penny Kardon, Executive Director, Jean Griswold Foundation. “We are thankful for the work the winners provide and the communities they serve,and are pleased to play a role.” Penny Kardon added. The 28 winning grants were as follows: […]

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