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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Caregiving Coalition Arizona

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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Caregiving Resources

Sometimes Caregiving Means Letting Go

My mother’s journey came to an abrupt end yesterday but mine is ongoing. I was on my way to work when the call from the social worker came in informing that Mom was in the active stages of dying. My first question was, “right now?” and she answered in the affirmative. Suddenly, my plans were altered. I found the nearest exit and began to make phone calls to family, friends and coworkers. My boss asked if she could meet me there, and I said, “Yes”, and gave her the address. Normally, I would not have done that but the need was so great that I put aside my own ego and let her into my private world of pain and grief. It was such a blessing […]

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It is a somber reminder that we all need someone in our corner who remembers us and can let the world know who we really are.

It’s Carolyn not Caroline, actually…….

As an adult child that is caring for an aging parent,  there is a certain sadness that goes with the territory. I know my mother as a vibrant woman who looked after me and my siblings while working full time and going to graduate school to get her Master’s degree in early education. Now, the woman I call Mom lies in a bed unable to care for even her most basic needs. I stand by her bed when the attendant comes in to care for her, and I hear, “Hellooo, Caroline. How are you today?” There is no response from her, but I am crestfallen. I remind them that her name is actually Carolyn and that she was a school teacher in days past. She had […]

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Arizona Caregiving Coalition

The Long Journey Home

My role, like many of the sandwich generation, has changed over the years. I have gone from being daughter, to wife and mother to caretaker of my parents. It is a journey that has many rocky paths, and the way is not always pleasant. My father passed away last July  after a short but devastating illness that took him way too soon. My mother, the day after he died, suffered from the first of her four minor strokes that has left her debilitated and forever changed. As the baby of the family, I have been tasked (blessed) with caring for her in her twilight years.  She was in Indiana at the time and the first order of business was to obtain a Durable Power of Attorney. Then, she was put on […]

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