Pre-9/11 Military Caregivers – Forgotten

Expanding to veterans of all eras a Department of Veterans Affairs program that pays family caregivers to provide home-based help is key to making sure all vets receive appropriate care, advocates told senators Wednesday. “The caregivers from pre-9/11 have been providing services for years, and they’ve had no acknowledgment. They’re not acknowledged for what they’re doing and they’re receiving very, very little in the way of services,” former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, whose foundation advocates for military caregivers, testified before the Senate subcommittee on aging Wednesday. “The illnesses and the wounds and injuries of these veterans from earlier eras are compounded as they age,” she said. “They deserve [care], and it’s really unfair that they don’t have it now.” The VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for […]

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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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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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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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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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Caregiver Resources Arizona Memory Cafe

Memory Cafe

Bring your care recipient and get connected with others also looking for assistance and support! Memory Café is a comfortable, safe and engaging place for people living with memory loss along with their care partners to meet with others in a like situation.  Joining us will help you remain socially active and get connected to important programs and resources in the local area. Drop in, grab a cup of coffee and talk with others. A professional knowledgeable about a variety of conditions that affect memory and thinking, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is available to answer questions, provide education and supportive ideas. Memory Café Every Monday 9:30 a.m. to noon Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road   Dementia Friendly Tempe also presents On the second […]

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Ruminations on Dying

A good place to start might be in getting a few clichés stated and behind us. The two that come most quickly to mind are: “death and taxes are inevitable” and “we are all born to die.” For sure, these two classic clichés comprehend more than sufficient inspiration to sit down with a friend on the beach under a shady umbrella and consume a sizable, chilled pitcher of margaritas made with fine aged tequila. As I see it, the trouble is that too many of us take too long in figuring this out; otherwise we’d start much sooner seeking cool, comfortable places to relax and appreciate first-rate solidarity and spirits with our friends. There’s birth and death and life in between. That “life” in between […]

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