Ask the Expert: Self-care is essential for caregivers
This month, we sat down with Cheryl Clark-Woods, MSW, who serves as director of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA) Caregiver Support Program. Available to both caregivers of older adults and grandparents caring for grandchildren, the program provides resources and financial assistance to hundreds of qualified caregivers in Philadelphia each year. Clark-Woods is a strong advocate for the importance of self-care among those actively caring for older adults and family members. Here, she shares her thoughts on why self-care needs to be a vital part of a caregiver’s regimen.
Caregiving during a pandemic
By Shannon Reyes
As the nation moves into its eighth month since the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were first felt, many are wondering when life will return to the way it was before the virus arrived in the United States.
The unique challenges of LGBT caregiving
Mary Anna Rodabaugh Caregiving for seniors is a journey filled with rewards, as well as setbacks. LGBT caregivers often face additional, unique challenges. According to the LGBT Elder Initiative, older adults who identify as LGBT are twice as likely to live alone, half as likely to have close relatives to care for them, and four […]
Free webinars to help aging services professionals cope with complex emotions related to the COVID-19 pandemic
PCA is organizing free webinars with Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D, a clinical psychologist and healthcare consultant, to help care managers cope with complex emotions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30 at 11 a.m. These webinars are open to all professionals working in the field of aging services. […]
PCA Caregiver Support Program offers relief for grandparents raising grandchildren during COVID-19
As stay-at-home orders remain in effect for all of Philadelphia, many families are feeling the crunch of compounding responsibilities, including homeschooling, working, caring for the home and children. This is also the reality for more than 16,000 grandparents throughout Philadelphia who are raising grandchildren. During this time, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is encouraging these […]
PCA’s Caregiver Support program eases stress
The excerpt below is taken from PCA’s 2019-2020 Annual Report. To read the full report, click here. You can also download a PDF version by clicking here. Webster’s Dictionary may have to redefine the word “support” to cover everything caregiver Sebastian Collins does for his mother, Betty Mitchell. “I wash the dishes, as well as […]
Know someone making a difference in the lives of older Philadelphians? Nominate them for a community service award!
Do you know someone who is making a difference in the lives of older Philadelphians? Show them how much they are appreciated by nominating them for a 2020 Community Service Award from the Emergency Fund Coalition (EFC) for Older Philadelphians!