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Is Your Baby in Danger? Free New DVD Alerts Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers to Hidden Hazards in the Home

Corvallis, OR (PRWEB) November 11, 2008

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year more than 2.5 million children in North America are injured, some of them fatally, by hazards in the home. Because many of these injuries and deaths could be prevented, the Oregon-based company Parenting Baby To Three is distributing a free DVD pointing out common hidden hazards in the home to parents, grandparents and caregivers of infants and toddlers. Customers pay just a small shipping and handling charge for the DVD (http://www.childproofingthehome.com).

Author of Groundbreaking Caregiver’s Book to Speak at Cambridge Credit Counseling’s July Community Seminar


Agawam, MA (Vocus) July 3, 2009

The current economic downturn has forced many Americans to make substantial changes in their lifestyle. Across the country, families are dealing with the crisis of foreclosure, rapidly increasing unemployment, and a general lack of confidence in the economy’s ability to rebound. As life within the country becomes more challenging, perhaps the group most adversely affected is the elderly. Over the last two years, there’s been an increase in the number of elderly parents moving back in with their children, very likely out of economic necessity. Until now, there were very few resources to assist individuals who were thrust into the position of caregiver for their aging parents.

The recently released When Your Parent Moves In; Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living with an Aging Parent, written by David Horgan and Shira Block, is a book that addresses these issues head on. Through a series of personal stories, case studies and expert analysis, the book provides individuals with strategies they can use to make a successful transition to living with one’s parents. Among the topics discussed are the pros and cons of having an aging parent move in, the possible pitfalls of such a change and how to avoid them, adjusting the family dynamic, and most important, how to manage and protect everyone’s assets.

“Among the life changes our counselors help the public manage, having one’s parent’s move in is among the most intricate,” stated Christopher Viale, president and CEO of Cambridge Credit Counseling. “There are a host of concerns to consider, and, in that sense, the timing of Mr. Horgan’s book could not be better. It will make a fantastic resource for those faced with these circumstances by not only providing advice, but also empowering families to come closer together.”

Cambridge Credit Counseling is fortunate to have the author, David Horgan, conduct a special community seminar at their offices on July 15, 2009. Mr. Horgan will discuss a variety of topics from his book, with a special focus on the financial concerns of such an arrangement. Afterward, Cambridge’s certified credit counselors will be available for individualized sessions to help families establish budgets and address any other credit related concerns they may have.

Cambridge’s seminars are offered free to the public each month. Because space is limited, those interested in attending are encouraged to contact Thomas Fox at 413-241-2362 to reserve seating.

About the Authors:

David Horgan (Ludlow, MA) is an award-winning medical educator, filmmaker, and director who brings his firsthand account of what to do, what not to do, and what can happen (the good and the bad) when a parent moves in. He has been interviewed on this subject by USA Today and ABC News. Mr. Horgan has been repeatedly interviewed by NPR, ABC, NBC, CNN, USA Today, New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Entertainment Weekly, and other media outlets.

Shira Block (Wilbraham, MA) is a popular lecturer, freelance writer, and personal coach. She is the author of The Way Home and Step-by-Step Miracles: A Practical Guide to Achieving Your Dream. She has a master’s degree in psychology and counseling with a concentration in family therapy.

ABOUT CAMBRIDGE CREDIT COUNSELING CORP.:

Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is a professional debt counseling agency dedicated to educating young adults on the importance of sound financial management and providing financially distressed Americans with education and debt management services appropriate to their needs. Visit Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. online at http://www.cambridgecredit.org. To learn more about Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. and the community, please visit http://www.youtube.com/CambridgeCredit.

Contact: Thomas Fox

Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp.

413.821.6919

tfox(at)cambridgecredit.org

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CaringBridge Provides Tips and Resources to Support Caregivers During National Family Caregivers Month


Eagan, MN (PRWEB) November 14, 2012

National Family Caregivers Month is dedicated to the compassionate people who care for and support the ill, disabled or elderly. This November, CaringBridge, the social network doing social good, is helping people recognize those selfless individuals by providing tips and resources for family and friends to connect with and support caregivers.

Caregivers fulfill a vital role in the lives of families and loved ones across the country and make up more than 65 million people in the United States, according to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA). That equates to one in five people caring for another person or child and helping in various ways from managing finances to planning meals to caring for pets or simply listening.

The value of all that informal, unpaid care totals an estimated $ 450 billion dollars annually. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Public Policy Institute, thats more than Wal-Mart sells in a year, more than total Medicaid spending in 2009 and totals almost $ 1,500 for every person in the United States (307 million people as of July 1, 2009).

But some caregivers often have difficulty finding time for their own day-to-day tasks and managing stress.

Were continuously amazed by caregivers. They ask for nothing in return and spend an average of 21 hours a week caring for someone else often on top of jobs, other family responsibilities and personal to-do lists, said Sona Mehring, CEO and founder of CaringBridge. Our Sites and SupportPlanners are great caregiver support and offer ways for caregivers to connect and receive support from around the world.

Just in time for National Family Caregivers Month, CaringBridge has released five tips to help families support caregivers. The nonprofit social network is encouraging people to celebrate those who provide valuable care on a day-to-day basis with the below tips and resources.

Lend an ear You can show your support in many ways but one of the best is simply listening. Bring over a favorite snack, make a cup of tea or pot of coffee and settle in for good conversation. The topic can go anywhere, but the caregiver in your life will feel a renewed sense of community and support.

Offer to help Caregivers assist in all aspects of providing care on a day-to-day basis and may not be vocal about asking for help for themselves. Instead, offer to help the caregiver in your life by raking leaves, picking up kids from school or creating a meal planner. Expand the community and include multiple family members and friends by starting a SupportPlanner, a free online calendar offered by CaringBridge to help you coordinate care and helpful tasks. To learn about how you can start your own SupportPlanner, visit CaringBridge.

Meet with others There are many resources for caregivers to learn about how to handle new situations, talk with other caregivers to get caregiver advice and connect with medical professionals. Offer to help find the right caregiver resource for them, attend a support group meeting and be supportive. A caregiver is not being selfish if professionals, family members or friends provide support make sure they know that.

Say thank you A simple and easy way to show your appreciation. Dont forget to say thank you during November, and every other day of the year.

Share the story For those who arent caregivers, it may be difficult to understand the responsibilities of providing care for someone. Suggest the caregiver in your life create a blog to share their story and inform family and friends. CaringBridge Sites provide a safe place for people to share thoughts and experiences and keep loved ones updated on progress, whether a caregiver is writing about their own day-to-day or the experience of providing care for someone. The Sites are free to use and can be an invaluable communication tool. Once a caregivers community knows what they need, help and support will follow. To learn more about starting a personalized free website, visit CaringBridge.

About CaringBridge

CaringBridge is a nonprofit offering many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event. Its mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier.

More than 500,000 people connect through CaringBridge every day and users have created more than 388,000 CaringBridge Sites and SupportPlanners since the service started in 1997. The CaringBridge services are available to anyone, anywhere, at no cost and offer protected online spaces with multiple privacy settings. For more information, visit http://www.CaringBridge.org.







Arizonas Children Association Announces New Website to Assist Kinship Caregivers

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) September 05, 2013

Arizonas Children Association is excited to announce the creation of their new Arizona Kinship Support Services website to assist kinship families and caregivers in finding the support and services they need: http://www.ArizonaKinship.org.

Are you a relative caring for another relatives child? Do you know someone raising a child not born to them? Kinship care has been a nationally-growing phenomenon for the last decade. Census reports indicate that more than 198,000 children under age 18 live in homes where the householders are grandparents or other relatives accounting for 12.2% of all children under 18 in the state (U.S. Census, 2010). Research indicates that children in kinship care experience greater stability than those in foster care. However, many kinship families do not receive the support and resources that would help them create more stability for their household. Arizonas Children Association (AzCA) kinship programs have worked for years to empower the community to embrace and support these very special families and their potential to provide a positive alternative to traditional foster care.

ArizonaKinship.org is designed to help kinship caregivers navigate the various systems that they will encounter when raising their relatives children and connect them to the resources they need. The program provides support groups, legal services, parenting skills education, foster care licensing and adoption support, as well as connections to food, housing and clothing resources, and much more. The program also provides assistance to caregivers involved with CPS, DES and other government agencies.

The creation of the website is part of a federal grant, Family Connections Child Welfare/TANF Collaboration in Kinship Navigation Programs funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, and awarded to AzCA to continue working with kinship families and further grow the program over the next three years. The overall goal of the grant is to improve services for children being raised by kinship care providers by assisting caregivers in meeting their familys needs, promoting public/private partnerships to meet those needs and increase safety, permanency and well-being of the children in kinship care.

We recognized that in this digital age there was not a local online resource that responded to all of the needs of kinship families, said Candy Espino, director of operations, child welfare. In addition to all of our kinship work throughout the last decade, we are now able to take a well-rounded approach by integrating an online resource.

Each kinship family is unique. ArizonaKinship.org allows kinship caregivers to independently research their local resources or connect directly with an AzCA support staff who will assist them in determining the type of kinship family they are, what their needs are, and the best available resources. Our caregivers are also given the opportunity to connect with a support group or meet others in the same situation for emotional support. In addition, the website also invites people to share their personal stories and read about those with parallel stories.

Our vision for the website is that it will link caregivers to real community supports to meet their current needs, said Espino. We relied on the expertise of our kinship caregivers to assist in the creation of this website to ensure that it met their needs and was as user-friendly as possible.

Visit the Arizona Kinship Support Services at http://www.arizonakinship.org. Support services can also be obtained by calling the Caregiver Hotline at 1.888.737.7494.

About Arizonas Children Association

Arizonas Children Association is the best resource for helping children and families in the state. For 100 years, Arizonas Children Association (AzCA) has stayed true to Protecting Children and Preserving Families, serving more than 42,000 children, individuals and families in all 15 counties each year. We are one of the oldest and largest statewide child welfare and behavioral health nonprofit agencies in Arizona. Learn more at http://www.ArizonasChildren.org.

Funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, Grant #HHS-2012-ACF-ACYF-CF-0510. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the funders. This information is in the public domain. Readers are encouraged to copy and share it, but please credit Arizonas Children Association.