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ad motherhealthMental Health Caregivers are Essential and Endangered
U.S. News & World Report | March 1, 2016
“Like with caregivers for people with dementia and many other chronic and disabling conditions, it is the families of people with mental disorders that often provide the most continuous and enduring sources of support. Professional and social services would be lost without these families who, for no money, provide invaluable assistance to people with mental illnesses.”

 

Data Show Police Lack Crisis Intervention Team Training to Deal with Mentally Ill
Pittsburg Post-Gazette | 
March 6, 2016
“When the National Alliance for Caregiving last year asked 1,601 families affected by mental illness to propose changes to the treatment system, training for police and other first responders surfaced as a key issue. Gail Gibson Hunt, group president and CEO, said caregivers “are concerned that somebody acts out and a neighbor or somebody calls the police, and the next thing you know, there is a person who’s arrested and held maybe for a couple of days until his parents can bail him out.” In jail, she added, a person’s illness may get worse.”

 

Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness May Extend to Caregivers Who Find Themselves Alone And Needing Help
Medical Daily | February 29, 2016 

“Though an individual must suffer illness alone, entire families often share the burden of sickness together. A great deal has been written about the mentally ill, but little is known about their unpaid caregivers, most often relatives, and the challenges they face. To take a closer look at families dealing with moderate-to-serious mental illness, a research team designed an online questionnaire and surveyed 1,601 participants across the nation.”

 

Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 Report 

America Cares and It’s Draining 
U.S. News & World Report | December 24, 2015
The physical, emotional and financial stress Melendez began to suffer is a common experience for tens of millions of Americans providing unpaid care to loved ones. Some 43.5 million Americans have served as family caregivers during the past 12 months, according to a study earlier this year by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving (though other advocates put the number as high as 65 million). That’s nearly as many people who are on Medicare (49 million) and not far behind the number of Americans receiving Social Security (59 million). Yet while retirement-related programs are a staple issue in presidential and congressional campaigns, the plight of family caregivers has barely gotten a mention, much to the consternation of caregivers and their advocates.

More Caregivers Are No Spring Chickens Themselves
New York Times | July 3, 2015
“Schwartz is 78. While she thinks her husband does better at home – ‘He’s getting 24-hour attention, and you don’t get that in a nursing home,’ she said – friends point out that the arrangement is much harder on her. She worries, too, about costs climbing as Mr. Schwartz’s health declines and his needs increase. For now, though, she manages, part of an apparently growing phenomenon: the old taking care of the old.”

A New Snapshot of America’s 44 Million Family Caregivers: Who They Are and What They Do
Forbes | June 4, 2015
“A landmark new study paints a dramatic picture of family caregivers: Nearly 44 million adults in the US are providing personal assistance for family members with disabilities or other care needs. That’s more than one out of every six adults. More than 34 million care for frail elders and nearly 4 million help children with disabilities. About 6.5 million care for both.”

Millennials Make Up Substantial Share of America’s Caregivers
PBS News Hour | June 4, 2015
“Nearly 40 million Americans offer unpaid care to an adult friend or relative, and of those caregivers, Millennials make up a major part of this group, according to a report issued today by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving.”

Millennials, Men, and Hispanics Offer Strenuous Unpaid Care to Elderly Relatives and Friends
Latin Post | June 5, 2015
“According to the report, the typical caregiver is female (60 percent), has a full-time job (34 percent), lives with/close to a care recipient (82 percent) and says that caregiving is highly stressful (38 percent). Also, they’re likely to provide 24.4 hours of caregiving per week, over a span of four years. However, higher-hour caregivers reported working at least 21 hours per week, for an average of 5-1/2 years, with 46 percent experiencing high emotional stress.”

General Caregiving

A Son Cares for His Aging Mother 
Wall Street Journal | March 8, 2016
“The caregiving landscape is changing. Traditionally, daughters assumed the care of aging parents, but more women are working, and there are too many people 80 years and older to leave care to one gender. Sons are stepping up. About 7.4 million sons are caring for parents, which represents 17% of all caregivers, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving.”

 

High-Tech Help for Getting Organized
Dallas Morning News | May 15, 2015
“‘There’s quite a bit of technology that’s being developed to do just that [help caregivers organize],’ said Gail Gibson Hunt, president and chief executive of the National Alliance for Caregiving. ‘Nobody has really pulled it totally together. There are these tools out there that are being developed, but they’re in the early stages.’”

Tech Support for Long-Distance Caregivers
Consumer Reports | May 13, 2015

“But the industry is young. ‘There’s not enough information yet to understand which applications are effective, and under what circumstances,’ says Grace Whiting, director of communications and coalitions for the National Alliance for Caregiving, a coalition of national organizations. ‘We need lots more data.’”

The Hidden Lives of Moms as Caregivers
Huffington Post | May 12, 2015
“You may call them ‘Mom,’ but those in the aging, disability, and long-term care world often call them ‘family caregivers.’ This may include a young mother who is caring for a child with special needs. Or a Baby Boomer raising teenagers, supporting her husband, and caring for parents in their 90s (as my sister does).”

5 Ways to Deal With Caregiver Stress
Time Magazine/Health.com | April 3, 2015

“We’re not called the sandwich generation for nothing. Almost a third of U.S. adults (29 percent) act as a caregiver for an ill, elderly or disabled relative, per the National Alliance for Caregiving. Of those, roughly 66 percent are female, many of them also caring for children at home. The role can take a serious toll on your health and well-being.”

 

Long-Distance Caregiving: Tech Fills Gaps for Far-Flung Families
Today | December 29, 2014

“’Sensors are pretty exciting and the technology is only going to get better,’ said Gail Gibson Hunt, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving.”

Daughters Tend to Aging Parents More Often Than Sons, But Some are Seeking a Change
Washington Post | December 5, 2014
“Gail Gibson Hunt, chief executive of the National Alliance for Caregiving, said women become caregivers because society expects them to. ‘They are still in that role even though they are in the workforce to almost the same extent as men,’ Hunt said. Studies show that at work, men are even more reluctant than women to discuss their role as caregivers, especially for aging relatives, Hunt said.”

O’s Guide for Caring For Yourself While Taking Care of Others
Oprah Magazine | November 2014
“If your mother or father has passed away, your surviving parent may be entitled to survivor benefits through Social Security, explains Grace Whiting of Caregiving.org. A widow 65 or older could be missing out on nearly $15,000 a year if she doesn’t take advantage.”

Caregiver Medical Leave from Work Not Guaranteed, Often Unpaid
Fox News (Reuters) | November 6, 2014
“‘Pretty much everybody in the English speaking world is ahead of us,’ said Gail Gibson Hunt, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, a non-profit coalition dedicated to conducting research and developing national programs for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them. ‘In the U.S., this is often viewed as a family issue,’ Hunt told Reuters Health. Doubters ask, ‘Why should we pay family caregivers when they should be doing this anyway, caring for their loved ones,’ Hunt said.”

Queen Latifah Balances Career and Family
WebMD Magazine | October 2014
“’Data show 60% to 70% of caregivers work,’ Hunt continues, ‘and most must make some kind of work accommodation such as coming in late, leaving early, reducing to part-time, or even quitting or taking early retirement to meet caregiving demands.’”

Study: Children Who Care Spend Nearly 2 Hours a Day as Caregivers
The Washington Post | October 13, 2014
“The last time a national survey was done was 2005, Siskowski said. In that study, the National Alliance for Caregiving found at least 1.3 million children between the ages of 8 and 18 were caregivers, or more than the total of elementary and secondary school students in New York, Chicago and the District.”

When Elderly Parents Lose Their Independence
Wall Street Journal | August 10, 2014
“It’s a different matter for older adults who are moving in with a family member. In that case, families need to be realistic about the changes that will bring to their finances and lifestyle, says Gail Hunt, president of the National Alliance for Caregiving.”

6 Ways Tech Can Improve Caregiving and Family Support
Government Health IT Blog | July 25, 2014
“Technology thus far has made only modest contributions to supporting caregivers, the legions of family members and friends who help sustain elderly, disabled, sick and recovering patients. With that in mind, the National Alliance for Caregiving brought together a panel of national experts and government officials to identify ways technology can improve and advance the field.”

How Can Technology Help Family Caregivers?
Forbes | July 15, 2014
“Last Spring, the National Alliance for Caregiving brought a couple of dozen smart people together in Palo Alto (where else?) to discuss how technology can help family members care for elders or younger relatives with disabilities. Today, the group released a report on those meetings.  It is illuminating, not least because the participants seem to acknowledge how little digital tech has done for caregivers.”

 

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