It’s National Caregiver’s Month!
Join the Blueprint for Aging in honoring those people doing the hard work of caregiving.
Did you know? There are over 65 million caregivers in the US – #caregiving has a big impact. #CareComesHome
The 2014 theme for National Family Caregivers Month is “Care Comes Home.”
This theme focuses on the care provided by volunteer friends and family within the home and community.
Care from a loved one does not always take place in hospitals, nursing homes, doctors’ offices or medical clinics. Most care actually occurs in the home – and that can be a good thing. People are healthier at home, and health care costs are reduced. Family caregivers also have the best interests of their loved ones at heart.
But caregiving at home can take its toll, and it certainly takes a lot of planning. The United States’ 90 million family caregivers are front and center in providing care every day – enabling their loved ones to stay at home longer where they are happier and healthier.
Meanwhile, the role of caregivers continues to expand and evolve. Research shows caregivers are increasingly called upon to perform complex medical tasks, such as managing medicines, caring for wounds and helping with assistive devices.
Additionally, caregivers served by the National Family Caregiver Support Program are increasingly helping their loved ones formally prepare advance care plans and medical directives by gathering vital records and information, researching community resources and initiating sometimes-difficult discussions about long-term care preferences.
from the Sylvia Herald
Blueprint for Aging Training Events
If you are a service provider in Washtenaw County, consider attending one of our training workshops.
Our next workshop is going to be help on December 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on the second floor conference room of the Washtenaw County Building at 705 N. Zeeb Rd.
December’s training is on PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly). Instead of going to a nursing home or other care facility, PACE helps residents meet their health-care needs within their communities. Teams of health care professionals focus on the individual needs and circumstances of the participants to make sure they get the coordinated care they need.
Check out Neighbor Senior Services!
Worried about maintaining your independence as you age in Washtenaw County?
Neighborhood Senior Services(NSS) may be able to help. For over 30 years, NSS has been helping older adults find reliable and affordable assistance with home maintenance, home injury prevention, access ramps, and transportation.
Call 734-712-7775 for information and check out our webpage at http://www.nssweb.org.
Neighborhood Senior Services is now operating as a program of Ann Arbor-based Catholic Social Services and will work jointly with its Older Adult Services unit to offer services that supporting local seniors.
The Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective of Growing Old
THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Ann Arbor premiere of The Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective of Growing Old. Make sure to check out the video below for a recap of the event!
If you missed the event and are still interested in checking out the documentary, the entire 13-part series of The Embrace of Aging: The Female Perspective of Growing Old can be viewed on Detroit Public Television, starting October 12th at 2:30 p.m., featuring host Desiree Cooper.
The Blueprint for Aging strives to create and maintain positive community change to increase quality of life and independence for older adults and their allies in Washtenaw County through a community collaborative process.
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