This month, we’re talking about the needs of family caregivers who are juggling work and the care of a loved one. With experts from the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, the ReACT Coalition, and the Social Security Administration, we’re leading a 30-day conversation on building a culture of care. Employers, family caregivers, and aging/caregiving professionals are invited to join.
NEW REPORT: CATALYZING TECHNOLOGY TO
SUPPORT FAMILY CAREGIVING
A new report from the National Alliance for Caregiving identifies key steps to better support family caregiving through the use of mobile, online, and in-home technologies. The report, Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving, follows an April 2014 roundtable featuring experts from government, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, caregiving advocates and researchers. The roundtable developed six recommendations, summarized in the report, to inspire and guide the industry.
Gail Gibson Hunt, President and CEO of the Alliance and co-convener of the roundtable, is hopeful that the recommendations will help to spur development of new tools to coordinate care between caregivers, patients, and healthcare providers. “Technology needs to meet caregivers where they are, making their lives easier and their efforts more effective,” Hunt explained. “This report offers a roadmap to develop tools that a caregiver would find helpful in day-to-day life.”
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FROM PLAN TO PRACTICE - IMPLEMENTING NAPA
IN YOUR STATE
In an effort to help advance the goals of the “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease” at the state level, the National Alliance for Caregiving and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America have released a white paper that examines the scope of the Alzheimer’s crisis, and the need for wide-scale implementation of state plans that address supportive services specific to those localities.
The white paper outlines recommendations for both new and existing state Alzheimer’s plans; best practices in implementation; and case studies from three states—Indiana, Minnesota and Rhode Island—that have successfully implemented plans. The report follows a half-day webinar conference convened by both organizations late last year that drew over 250 participants from 39 states and the District of Columbia.
“The goal of this white paper is to propel this critical conversation forward among state and local policymakers and advocates,” said Gail Gibson Hunt, NAC’s President and CEO . “Family caregivers play a critical role in supporting families who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s continues to grow, the time to build support systems for patients and families is now.”
“Alzheimer’s disease does not discriminate,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, AFA’s Chief Executive Officer and former New York State Senator. “Each and every day, I see the social and economic toll this disease takes on people and their families. It is time for activists, legislators and caregivers to come together and make combatting this disease a priority.”
About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national non-profit organization that unites more than 1,700 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free hot line, staffed by licensed clinical social workers; educational materials; a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and professional training, along with teen- and college student-specific divisions. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.