Script your future

SCRIPT YOUR FUTURE

The Congress of California Seniors

Education and Research Fund

is proud to be working with the

Script Your Future Campaign.

When you learn that you have a long-term health problem, one of the most important ways you can manage your condition is by taking your medicine as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care professional. This is also known as medication adherence.

Please visit the Script Your Future websites to learn more and find valuable tools to help you manage your health.

www.scriptyourfuture.org/California.

Education & Research

Congress of California Seniors Education & Research Fund
(CCSERF)

The CCSERF is a 501(c)(3) organization providing educational programs and information to improve the life of older adults, and operates in conjunction with the Congress of California Seniors.

CCSERF conducts its programs and disseminates consumer information not only for constituent groups, but for the greater senior community throughout California.


Contributions may be made to:

Congress of California Seniors Education & Research Fund (CCSERF)
1230 N Street, Suite 201
Sacramento, CA 95814

Congress of California Seniors

Your tax-deductible gift will help support the educational outreach programs that provide vital information and improve the quality of life of older adults.

Please print out a contributions form and make checks payable to CCSERF

Who We Are, What We Do

About the Congress of California Seniors

Who We Are: The Congress of California Seniors (CCS), founded in 1977, is a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization and is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(4) California corporation. Our board of directors is comprised of senior leaders and advocates from among the Congress of California Seniors’ 105 affiliated organizations. The organization is funded through membership dues, contributions from affiliated organizations, individual donations and corporations.

What We Do: The Congress of California Seniors focuses its primary attention on legislative and consumer issues that impact older adults. The CCS education and advocacy program has proved to be an effective tool in influencing public policy decisions made by the state legislature and other state officials. CCS analyzes and rates all state legislators on their voting record related to key senior issues and publishes the “Seniors Legislative Report Card.”

In addition, the CCS Education and Research Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, provides educational programs and consumer information for seniors to constituent groups and to the greater senior community throughout the state. Through the efforts of both organizations, the Congress of California Seniors has become a major progressive voice for seniors, their families and their communities.

Who We Serve: A broad-based coalition including trade union retirees, retired federal/state public employee organizations, senior centers, tenant and homeowner associations, other senior advocacy groups, church groups, and a variety of other agencies and associations. The Congress of California Seniors is a vital “grassroots” organization.

Caregiving – understanding and hope

The term “Caregiver” has been coined in the last decade or so to identify and recognize those people who care for ill or debilitated friends or family members. A family caregiver is usually an unpaid person who provides care for those who are unable to care for their own needs.

It is likely that at sometime in each of our lives we will find ourself in this position – caring for an elderly parent, an ill spouse or sibling, or a dear friend. As the American population ages, growing numbers of men and women are assisting in the care of older family members — an estimated thirty-eight million caregivers in the United States today.

Many people remain healthy and active as they age. Others require assistance with a variety of daily activities — housekeeping, personal care, transportation, finances, assistance with taking medications.

On average, caregivers provide care 12-15 hours a week for a period of 4.5 years. Approximately two million caregivers belong to a sandwich generation responsible for raising children at the same time they are caring for parents.

Caregiving may be a welcome way to help a loved one remain as independent as possible; it may also be a role filled with unfamiliar challenges and concerns. Many caregivers are seeking help as responsibilities become more extensive and, fortunately, information and assistance is available from numerous sources.

We’ve listed many helpful hints and resources in this section to assist you in your journey as a caregiver.

Major Considerations in Caregiving

  • Understand the care issues of normal aging for the care recipient.
  • Organize pertinent personal and emergency information.
  • Gain knowledge of health issues of the care recipient.
  • List what caregiving needs are at present.
  • Develop a plan to prioritize needs.
  • Build a network of support (family, friends, community, professional).
  • Assess you own personal resources.
  • Keep daily schedules concise and simple.
  • Deal with personal stress issues.
  • Seek respite care.
  • Locate resources (phone numbers, publications, web sites).

Caregiver Stress: Tips To Deal With It

The following Model for Self-Care may be used as a guide for caregivers to establish their own plan of Self-Care.

  • Be sure to get regular exercise.
  • Try to get adequate sleep.
  • Eat a nutritious low-fat diet.
  • Plan your daily activities with a sense of purpose.
  • Take 15 minutes daily to relax; imagine the way you’d like your life to be… respite creates new energy.
  • Do at least one thing you really enjoy everyday.
  • Take mini vacations to relieve stress and gain a new sense of purpose.
  • Be prepared to deal with change (good and bad); it’s part of life.
  • Learn all you can about any difficult situation in your life. Education is a positive tool for troublesome life situations.
  • Review your positive accomplishments frequently; they can be blueprints for continued success.
  • Seek help and support for problems. There is an abundance of help from friends, family and professionals to help you deal with difficult changes.
  • Remember self-care is important to the well being of yourself and your care recipient.
  • Keep a notebook of resources readily available.

As the needs of your care recipient change, your need for resources may also change. Share your network with others; they may also have resources to share with you.

Resources

Listed below are key resources that can start your search for supportive information and materials.

American Association of Retired Persons
Telephone: 800/424-3410
Website: www.aarp.org
AARP offers publications on caregiving, support groups, home health care, housing, assisted living devices and links to other resources.Alzheimer’s Association
Telephone: 800/272-3900
Website: www.alz.org
Provides support and assistance to afflicted patients and their families, and helps fund research for prevention, cure and treatment.Eldercare Locater
Telephone: 800/677-1116
Website: www.eldercare.gov
Nationwide directory assistance service designed for local support resources for aging Americans. The specialist asks the caller for a brief description of the problem and for the county and /or city of the locale of interest.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Telephone: 800/445-8106
Web site: www.caregiver.org.text/index.html
FCA is a non-profit organization that assists family caregivers of adults suffering from memory loss as a result of a chronic or progressive brain disorder. The web site includes useful material for any caregiver, including individual fact sheets.

National Family Caregivers Association
Telephone: 800/535-3198
Web site: www.nfcacares.org
NFCA is a national non-profit membership organization. Members can receive services, support, products and publications.

Caregiving

Understanding & Hope