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Building Better Caregivers!

Building Better Caregivers

The Department of Veterans Affairs, California Offices on Caregiving and Stanford University, School of Medicine are conducting a study testing a new online workshop for caregivers of people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or Dementia.

What is the Building Better Caregivers Workshop and Study?

A free six week small group workshop and study for caregivers given on the Internet. VA Offices on Caregiving and researchers at Stanford University are currently recruiting participants.

Who may participate?

  • Adults (18 and over) who provide care giving services for at least 10 hours per week to someone with traumatic brain injury (TBI), post traumatic stress disorder, or dementia, and live in California.
  • Either the caregiver or the person receiving care must be a veteran of the U.S. armed forces
  • Must have access to the internet and an email account.

Indicate your interest in participating in this program by following the instructions at the site.

For further information contact:
VA California Offices on Caregiving
Toll free 877-820-8820
Or email:

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According to a 2004 national survey by AARP and the The National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 23 million households are currently home to a caregiver, most often a woman who is taking care of someone 50 or older. Some 43 percent of these caregivers are over 50 themselves-13 percent are over 65-and they spend good chunks of their weeks on a heady range of chores, from medication management and bathing to feeding, clothing, and arranging health care services.

Additionally, more than 44 million Americans are involved in caring for an aging relative or friend, and about 29 million of them are employed. Among baby boomers, 35 percent say they are, or have been, responsible for their parents' care. With the 85-plus population growing at the fastest rate, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that by 2008, 54 percent of the work force will be involved in caring for an older person-including making doctors' appointments, calling around to find out about care facilities or handling emergency situations. "Eighty percent of the long-term care in the country is done by friends and family; we are the care system," says Suzanne Mintz, president and cofounder of the National Family Caregivers Association.

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Reviewed/Updated Date: June 2008
Clinical Advisory Board Sponsors: Patricia Green, Heather Mahoney-Gleason
Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Nancy Dailey, Deloris M Fields, Karen Ott, Denise Shea, Laural Traylor
Patient Education Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Kathy J. Horvath, Paulette Trudeau

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