2020 is the year everything changed.
It has been a year when we witnessed the disintegration of normalcy as COVID-19 upended every facet of our lives, all while our country struggles with divisiveness and polarization at this crucial moment in history.
For all of its calamities thus far, 2020 has given us one silver lining. We have once again found joy in the small things in our lives, most of which occur when families spend time together. The value of family has returned and it couldn’t have happened at a better time. I’m so very proud to continue our mission to serve millions of families even as we face the most significant public health emergency in our lifetimes.
As we do every year, we will come together to celebrate November as National Family Caregivers Month and the efforts of the 53 million family caregivers doing the incredibly challenging work of keeping their loved ones safe and at home.
First, Seniorlink has collaborated with The RAND Corporation. RAND is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges that help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. With Seniorlink’s input and sponsorship, RAND has developed a critical report on caregiving. This report, entitled A Framework for Integrating Family Caregivers Into the Health Care Team, provides data and illustrations about the vital work that family caregivers are performing in the home setting.
Check our Partner Portal for updates.
As we know, family caregivers are undervalued by the U.S. health care system. Transformation is needed in the way we identify, assess and support family caregivers. Recent changes to both policy and reimbursement have increased the opportunities to integrate family caregivers into care teams. This report is intended to serve as a blueprint to make this integration sustainable.
Second, we will soon see the release of the film Sky Blossom, for which Seniorlink is a proud title sponsor. This film, produced by MSNBC news anchor and renowned caregiver advocate Richard Lui, depicts the challenges and triumphs of multiple family members caring for loved ones who have suffered serious injuries during their service in the U.S. Armed Forces. We hope the stories told in this film will inspire people. My personal takeaway from Sky Blossom: There is no adversity so great that humans cannot overcome it with inner determination and the love of family.
Be well, and keep each other and yourselves safe.
More insights like this:
7 Immune System Booster Tips for SeniorsRead more: 7 Immune System Booster Tips for Seniors
The immune system is the body’s first line of defense against viruses and infections, but the aging process can weaken the immune system. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this became an increased concern for the caregivers of older or immunocompromised adults, as the risk of more severe symptoms and outcomes was much higher in these…
Massachusetts Adult Foster Care Eligibility DefinedRead more: Massachusetts Adult Foster Care Eligibility Defined
For family caregivers, it’s crucial to create a community of support and utilize all the programs and resources available to you to improve your caregiver experience. In Massachusetts, the Adult Foster Care Program can be an excellent source of support, but eligibility can sometimes be overwhelming to navigate on your own. “The Massachusetts Adult Foster…
What Caregivers Should Know About Early-Onset Alzheimer’sRead more: What Caregivers Should Know About Early-Onset Alzheimer’s
Symptoms, Stigma, Diagnosis, and Treatment Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, also known as younger-onset, is the development of Alzheimer’s symptoms between the ages of 30 and 65. A diagnosis is relatively rare at a younger age, and while over 6 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the true prevalence of early-onset is uncertain.…