Top Oscar Nominations: Making the Case for Respite

By Emily Kearns, Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition (MLRC)

It’s Oscar time again and some of this year’s top picks are potentially raising awareness about the need for respite! While technically not respite movies, these Oscar nominations could be categorized as, Top Nominations Making the Case for Respite. A Theory about Everything, Still Alice, and American Sniper all depict families deeply affected by their efforts to understand and to support loved ones living with disabilities caused by chronic illness: Jane Hawking, Stephen Hawking's wife; John Howland, Alice Howland’s husband; Chris Kyle’s family and the parents of Eddie Ray Routh, Kyle’s alleged murderer. While the diseases of the films main characters vary, the caregivers strain is clear and could be relieved with appropriate respite services: Hawking lives with ALS, Howland with Alzheimer’s, and Kyle and Routh, with PTSD.
 

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14 January 2015
White House Council on Aging to hold Boston Forum
Regional Forums to Provide Input and Ideas for 2015 Conference

Excerpt from website: In the conversations to date, some common themes have emerged, including: how to ensure we prepare for financial needs in retirement; how to remain healthy as we age; what types of services and supports can help older Americans remain independent in the community as we age and how to support this care and the caregivers who provide it; and how to protect older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect.

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14 November 2014
Thanksgiving 'Tis of Thee
By Paula Kavolius

Paula Kavolius, mother of a son with special needs, shares what she is thankful for as we head into Thanksgiving season.

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Posted by joan at 10:07 AM in Special Needs | Link
 
02 September 2014
Caregiving: Emotional Belts Before You Get to Peace
By Paula Kavolius

Paula Kavolius is the founder and President of House of Possibilities, bringing respite care to families with special needs loved ones. In this blog entry Paula uses the varied belt colors found in karate as a metaphor to explain the emotional stages she experienced caring for her son with special needs, as well as other children and her mother. Learn how Paula was ultimately able to find "an incredible sense of peace and accomplishment" in her caregiving role.
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Posted by joan at 5:20 PM in Special Needs | Link
 
23 July 2014
The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap
A Look at Future Declines in the Availability of Family Caregivers
Check out this recent publication from AARP's Public Policy Institute and written by Donald Redfoot, Lynn Feinberg, and Ari Houser.  In summary:
The majority of long-term services and supports are provided by family members. But the supply of family caregivers is unlikely to keep pace with future demand.
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Posted by joan at 1:07 PM in Trends in Caregiving | Link
 
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