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Taking on Caregiving Responsibilities: Balancing Expectations vs Reality

As your loved one ages, you may find that the demands of caregiving are growing, and it can be too much to handle. Whether you’re helping with small tasks or assisting a loved one with bathing, no caregiving task truly feels all that small, but others can certainly feel too overwhelming. Your expectations may be that you can do it all – caregiving on top of managing your own household, job and other responsibilities. Or, it could be that others’ expectations for care are growing and you feel pressured to live up to it. Whichever the case may be, accepting the situation and learning to work with it may be the first step to making life easier down the road.

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By Branka Primetica | 02/15/2022

Elder Justice Innovations: Helping Individuals Transition from APS to other Community-Based Supports

Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is committed to highlighting the important Elder Justice work being implemented across the country. Presented in partnership with the Elder Justice Coalition, attendees heard from the Administration for Community Living about the 2021 Elder Justice Innovation Grants. A select group of grantees discussed their work focused on the various community services that help individuals transition from short-term adult protective service programs to community services in their area to prevent the recurrence of abuse.

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By Hilary Dalin, Traci Lee, Farida Ejaz, Marian Liu, Zachary Hass, Joy Solomon, Kavita Ahluwalia | 01/27/2022

Annual Caregiving Conference: Engaging Caregivers in Evidence-Based Programs

The conference explores successes and challenges in the dissemination of evidence-based programs to family and friend caregivers. Keynote speaker, Erin Long, MSW, Team Lead, Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative of the Administration for Community Living, discusses experiences with engaging caregivers in programs and services, along with marketing strategies. Presentations also highlight experiences of organizations engaging caregivers and delivering evidence-based programs, including strategies to overcome barriers that keep caregivers from enrolling in support programs, and lessons learned through their marketing efforts.

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By David Bass, Rachel Cannon, Erin Long, Branka Primetica, Donna Barrett, Christine Jensen, Ginger Ragans, Lisa Weitzman | 01/24/2022

Around 75 percent of individuals with Down syndrome aged 65 and older develop Alzheimer’s, making the role of their caregivers even more complex as they age

Caring for Loved Ones with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia

Caring for a loved one with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) already presents a unique set of challenges from those faced by most caregivers. When a loved one with IDD presents with changes in behavior, memory and sometimes mobility, those challenges are then joined with the challenges of being a dementia caregiver—and can often feel confusing, overwhelming and at times even too much to handle.

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By Julie Hayes | 01/18/2022

An older adult and caregiver looking over an emergency preparedness checklist

Caregiving for Older Loved Ones through Natural Disasters

For caregivers, preparing for and responding to the aftermath of a natural disaster comes with the additional challenge of protecting the safety and needs of a vulnerable loved one. This challenge can be compounded further by a loved one’s disability or illness. Whether we live in the South and need to prepare for hurricane season and flooding, live in the West and face earthquakes and wildfires, or live in the North and risk snow- and ice-related power outages, it is crucial for us to be proactive when taking care of a loved one during a disaster. A helpful way to stay prepared is by developing an emergency preparedness plan.  

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By Sara Powers, PhD | 01/18/2022