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Volume III, Number 5
January 2012

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In this issue

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A Free Interactive Program for People with Dementia and Family Caregivers  


Meet Me at the Movies...and Make Memories Program

is a free, interactive classic film program for people living with dementia and their caregivers. The program was developed by ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer's, an initiative of the I'm Still Here Foundation, in Woburn, MA. The goals of the program are to (1) foster meaningful interactions between family caregivers and those they love; (2) demonstrate efficacy through research and evaluation; and (3) replication. The rational for the program is that watching iconic scenes from classic films in a movie theater increases feelings of contentment, self-hood, and social inclusion. The population served includes people with dementia, family caregivers, and health care workers from dementia care facilities . . . [Read more]   


Upcoming Events - 2012 
February 3 

Innovations in Caregiving - $10,000 Seed Grant Opportunityseed sprouting dollar signs [Deadline to apply: Feb. 3rd, 2012]  


The National Alliance for Caregiving and MetLife Foundation are pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2012 Innovations in Caregiving, a new seed grant program that will provide . . . [Read more]


February 15-18


The Fifth Annual n4a Leadership Institute will be at the Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice  . . . [Read more] 


 February 27


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORIwill conduct forums to obtain and incorporate public input and feedback on the draft national priorities for research and research agenda. These forums will include . . . [Read more]



February 28   


Call for Papers for the 8th International Short Break Association Respite Conference: Due Feb. 28, 2012


ARCH logoThe 8th International Respite Conference, sponsored by ARCH, will be held at the Le Meridien King Edward Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 10-12, 2012. To respond to the Call for  Papers . . . [Read more]      



March 28-April 1  


aging in america 2012 logoAging in America, the 2012 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging, will take place in Washington, DC. Family Caregiver Alliance will host several sessions, including "Family Caregivers: Policy Perspectives and Media Musings," in addition to a reception to honor the recipients of the 2011 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards . . . [Read more]   


May 3-4     


aahcp logoThe American Academy of Home Care Physicians' two-day conference: Bringing Home the Care Continuum: Harnessing High Tech, High Touch Home Care Medicine will explore key issues in  . . . [Read more]



Research & Practice

ADNI is Requesting Volunteers for Study on AD


To continue at the pace needed to be successful against this "silent epidemic",  Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), is looking for volunteers to participate in its critical research. The study is intended to find answers to  . . .  

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Findings From APA Survey: Caregivers Continue to Experience Higher Levels of Stress 


Millions of Americans provide care for aging or chronically ill family members at home, and that number is expected to grow reaching hands, fraying rope, american flagas the number of older Americans is likely to double by the year 2030, according to the U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services. Supporting the results from earlier studies on the topic, the findings from the Stress in America survey suggest that attention should be paid to the impact of these responsibilities on caregivers, who report higher levels of stress, poorer health and a greater tendency to . . . [Read more]


The Challenges of Family Caregiving: What Needs to be Done


During a recent forum sponsored by AARP, prominent authors and experts discussed the difficulties faced by millions of son helping dad with walker in house silhouettefamily caregivers coping with our health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems.  They explored how public policies can more effectively address the needs of caregivers and provided insight on how health care professionals can improve support for family caregivers. AARP Public Policy Institute's In Brief document highlights . . . [Read more]



Free e-Book: The Working Family Caregiver has published a free e-book full with suggestions to help the working family caregiver. According to The MetLife Caregiving Cost Study in 2006, sponsored by MetLife Mature Market Institute and National Alliance for Caregiving, at least six out of 10 employed family caregivers make work-related adjustments for their caregiving responsibilities: . . . [Read more] 



Researchers Develop Method to Design Antibodies to Fight Disease 


Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new method to design antibodies aimed at combating disease. The process was used to make antibodies that neutralize the harmful protein particles that lead to Alzheimer's disease. The process, reported recently in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), could be used . . . [Read more]  



VA's Training Module Now Available for Caregivers of Veterans


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has released its first module of a six-module training guide for family caregivers of veterans. red white and blue vet ribbon, with veterans & caregiving Originally designed for caregivers of veterans injured post-9/11, the training guide of the National Veteran Caregiver Training Program is now available for individual caregivers of veterans of any age. View the Caregiver Self-Care module here. The other sections will become available individually over the next year.




FCA Blogs!


Executive Director, Kathleen Kelly, and dedicated FCA staff writers will continue to cover a range of issues and current trends in the FCA Blog. You are invited to join the discussion and post a comment of your own.


Innovations Clearinghouse on Family Caregiving


For additional research-based information and informed practices, visit FCA's  Innovations Clearinghouse/Online Technical Assistance Center. Search the Clearinghouse to identify best practices, specific tools and policy & advocacy efforts; connect with fellow professionals from the aging networks; and request specialized technical assistance.


Give Us Your Feedback


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Lifespan Respite News


Lifespan Respite Tools - Online Respite Discussion Forum


This month's featured tool is the ARCH online Respite Discussion Forum. This forum allows State Lifespan Respite lead agency representatives, stakeholders, state respite coalition/ organizations, and ADRC partners share information, provide tools, or ask questions about any respite related implementation issue. A few of the active discussions currently running in the Forum include Employment Status of Respite Providers: Contractors vs. Employees; Respite Marketing Messages; and Use of Respite Vouchers.


This forum is open to the public for viewing and commenting, so please feel free to post your question on any Lifespan Respite implementation issue or share news with your colleagues across states. However, if you want to create a new topic or pose a new comment or question, you must be a Lifespan Respite Grantee or partner and log in using your email address and password. . . . [More on the Respite Discussion Forum]



New State Lifespan Respite Summits Announced


Each year, ARCH hosts up to five or six State Lifespan Respite Summits in collaboration with State Respite Coalitions, State Lifespan Respite Programs or organizations interested in building a State Lifespan Respite system. The purpose of the summit is to bring together diverse public and private groups and family caregivers with similar respite interests to learn about the federal Lifespan Respite Program, states' best practices, building state respite coalitions, and to help assist the state in planning or enhancing its own Lifespan Respite system. This year, summits will be  . . . [more on Respite Summits]


AoA Plans to Release FY 12 Lifespan Respite Program Announcement in Early Spring


The next program announcement for available grant funds for FY 2012 for the Lifespan Respite Program is expected to be released by the U.S. Administration on Aging in early spring. Eligible state agencies include the agency which administers the Older Americans Act, the State Medicaid Agency, or an agency designated by the governor. The program requires the involvement of a state respite coalition or state respite organization, as well as an Aging and Disability Resource Center. If you are interested in having your state apply for funding, it is never too early to prepare by . . . [more on Spring Respite Program]




Give ARCH your Feedback


We Need Your Input! The AoA funded Lifespan Respite Training and Technical Assistance Project of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center would greatly appreciate your input in planning its training and TA activities. Please take a moment to respond to our online questionnaire.




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