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In the News

Hospital Care at Home: Better for Patients and Caregivers?

A new study comparing hospital-level care provided at home with that offered in an acute hospital shows that hospital-care at home is feasible, safe and may even reduce costs. Read More

Registration Is Slow-Going for Medicare Prescription Benefit

Many people who are eligible for Medicare's new free or low-cost prescription drug benefit have not yet applied. Read More

Intergenerational Day Care Centers Make Sense

For older adults with memory impairments, intergenerational day care centers could be a useful resource. Read More

Dramatic Growth Predicted in California's Elderly Population

Older Californians are the state's fastest growing age group, according to a recent report from the California Budget Project. Read More

Ask the Expert

Getting Siblings and Others to Share the Care

Get practical tips for sharing caregiver responsibilities with siblings and other relatives from Donna Schempp, LCSW, Director of Programs and Services, Bay Area CRC / Family Caregiver Alliance. Read More

In the Spotlight

California Caregiver Resource Centers Celebrate 20 Years!

California was the first state in the nation to address the impact of chronic brain disorders on families and caregivers. California's pioneering statewide system of 11 CRCs is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Read More

Policy Update

Legislators Hear Caregivers' Testimony

The California Caregiver Resource Centers participated in a legislative hearing with the California State Senate Subcommittee on Aging and Long-Term Care on November 15, which covered "California's Comprehensive Strategy to Support Family Caregivers." Read More

Emergency Assistance for Prescription Drug Coverage

California has joined other states in offering seniors emergency assistance for prescription drug coverage in response to glitches in the new federal prescription drug program offered under Medicare. Read More

No Caregiver Tax Credit for 2005

The Caregiver Tax Credit in California expired on January 1, 2005. The bill authorizing an extension on the existing income tax credit for caregivers failed to move forward in the California legislature, but the fight isn't over yet.  Read More

On the Calendar

Information on events throughout California of interest to caregivers and their families. Read More


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