Updated: November 19, 2017
A five-part blog series tells the personal story of a young mom, Amanda who has a baby with spina bifida. Her daughter, Alianna, now 6 years old has learned to live with spina bifida and her mom has learned to be a caregiver and a source of strength through her faith. This can be scary, but this story shows the courage of the mom and the potential of this little girl to have an active and fulfilling life. Click here to read the series of Amanda's inspiring story.
For a resource directory or more information about spina bifida, click here.
Photography credit to Brooke Modifica (https://lonibrookephotography.com)
Looking for Alzheimer’s caregiving information in Spanish? Check out Cómo cuidar a una persona con la enfermedad de Alzheimer: Una guía fácil de usar del Instituto Nacional Sobre el Envejecimiento. This new book from the National Institute on Aging at NIH has helpful tips on topics including: changes in behavior; wandering; healthy eating and exercise; and caregiver health. Copies are available to order for free on our website, or read the new Alzheimer’s caregiving information in Spanish online.
Please use audio to listen to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Click here for the full text
April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.
IF YOU THINK A CHILD IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL THE POLICE.
The FAMA Center is participating for the first time in Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2015. It is a global day dedicated to giving back to the community. It is a movement that celebrates and supports giving during the holiday shopping season. We are in our 4th year of providing bilingual information to families and we exist because there is a lack of online bilingual information to help caregivers be healthy. Our website visitors continue to grow and the enormous need for information is clear. We hope to make a positive impact on family health across the nation by supporting family caregivers. Please make a donation to help us continue our services in supporting caregivers at #GivingTuesdayFAMACaregiverDay
November is National Family Caregiver Month. It was launched in 1994 with Clinton signing the first Proclamation in 1997. The theme for 2015 is Respite: Care for the Caregiver. The FAMA Center honors the estimated 45 million caregivers in the U.S. who are dedicated to their loved ones’ health and well-being. Most of us know at least one family caregiver who is amazing for what they do. Caregiving can be rewarding yet challenging, and too often, it diminishes the health of the caregiver. It is very difficult for most of us to ask for help. Please help a caregiver take a little time for themselves or ask if there is one thing you can do to help. Please feel free to share a brief story about a caregiver you know or your experience to post on our blog via firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Heart Association is excited to launch their second video highlighting a critical priority for lawmakers before the end of the year: keeping school meals healthy. Please watch this video with anyone and everyone you know who cares about giving our kids the healthy future they deserve. You're the Cure is the American Heart Association's campaign to reduce and eliminate cardiovascular disease and stroke. Join the nationwide movement in support of healthier communities and healthier lives.
September is Emergency Preparedness month. If disaster were to occur at his moment, do you have any of these: contact information, a safe place to meet your family, water, blankets, flashlight, first aid kit and other basic items? If so, you are somewhat ready. If not, visit http://www.ready.gov/ to find out how you can become ready.
The facts are clear. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, affecting more than 42 million women in the United States. No woman should have to fight heart disease alone. Getting support against this often silent, hidden, and misunderstood killer just became easier with Go Red Heart Match. Heart Match is a free online program that connects women, allowing them to connect with a woman who truly understands their journey—the pain, the victories, and everything in between.
Visit www.GoRedForWomen.org/HeartMatch to learn more—because women don’t have to fight heart disease on their own.