This Week in Caregiving
from the National Alliance for Caregiving
Here are the highlights from this week’s news in family caregiving:

“Boot camp” helps Alzheimer’s, dementia caregivers take care of themselves, too
Kaiser Health News | May 9, 2017

“Doctors and researchers increasingly recognize that caring for people with dementia compromises the physical and mental health of the caregivers. And that, in turn, jeopardizes the well-being of the people they are caring for. Some studies have shown that the burden on caregivers may increase the likelihood that the loved ones in their charge will be placed in a nursing home.”

Fidelity launches 529-able accounts, tax-free savings for disability expenses
Forbes | May 10, 2017

“An estimated seven million disabled Americans are eligible for new 529-ABLE accounts, which let them save tax-free for disability expenses and not jeopardize government benefits, but only 10,000 or so accounts have been opened so far, according to the ABLE National Resource Center. Fidelity Investments see an opportunity.”

Palliative care to assist ill and aging family caregivers
Medscape | May 8, 2017

“Palliative care has much to offer in situations involving overburdened families and compromised family caregivers. The palliative care philosophy is based on family-centered care, including an assessment of family caregiver needs.The future of healthcare will be overshadowed by the ever-aging population, occurring at a time when more care is shifting to the home, with family caregivers providing the vast majority of care.[1] Palliative care has much to offer as the lines between “patient” and “caregiver” increasingly blur .”

Cool Link of the Week:

Health care? Daughters know all about it
The New York Times

Caregiving Events

May 17, 2017 | Virtual

The next #ElderCareChat, which will focus on Self-Care for Caregivers, will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from 1-2 pm ET with guest panelists Barry J. Jacobs (@drbarryjjacobs), Psy.D., clinical psychologist, family therapist, and the director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pennsylvania, and Deborah A. DiGilio (@ddiglio), MPH, director of the American Psychological Association Office on Aging. Register now.

Caregiving and the Workplace Summit
June 2, 2017 | Chicago, IL

Caregiving and the Workplace Summit will take a closer look at the impact of caring for a family member (parent, spouse and other family members) on the workplace and vice versa. Thesummit will happen on June 2 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, 8535 W. Higgins and will begin with a light continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. See more information on the summit here.

Save the Date! Falls Prevention Webinar Series: Part 2
June 27, 2017 | 3 PM ET

This webinar is the second of a three-part series on falls prevention hosted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and NCOA. Registration details forthcoming.