BEST OF THE BEST: Introducing Caregiver of the Month, save the dates & news you can use

Hello everyone!

Thanks for opening this email or stopping by to visit Keeping It REAL Caregiving via your social media channels, and a warm welcome to our new subscribers (AKA family members)!

Here’s a quick look at a few items to consider putting on your radar in the coming days/weeks:

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2022

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Pacific)

BE MORE: Focus on your brain health!

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Online event

Hosted by: AARP

Event description: Challenge yourself to “BE MORE” by taking one more step along the path by learning about lifestyle habits that support brain health. Join us and learn about the “six pillars” of brain health, stress management, sleep, and the benefits of just moving around a bit more.

Register online here

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Choosing the Right Care Options for Older Adults


Hosted by: American Society on Aging/Home Instead

Event description: Join this webinar to discover the variety of options available to older adults in need of assistance, including resources for staying at home with help and alternative housing options.

Register online here

Sunday, August 7, 2022

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM ( Pacific)


Keeping It REAL Caregiving Coffee Chat & Support Session: I’m caring for my loved one so why are they mean to me?

Event description: Join KIRC for a virtual support session to chat about a topic that many of us as caregivers have faced at one time or another. How do you handle your emotions when the person you are tasked with caring for crushes your spirit and is sometimes downright mean to you? Grab you favorite cup of java or rejuvenating tea and join us as we dish and share ways for rising above.

*Have a personal experience in this area you would like to share? Contact KIRC for information on joining this session as a speaker or guest*

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Direct Care Workforce Survey

From: The California Department of Aging (excerpt)

Description: The California Department of Aging (CDA) is designing a statewide Direct Care Workforce Training and Stipends Program (California GROWs) that will incentivize, support, and fund career pathways for the direct care Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) workforce.

To take the survey click here

Introducing: Caregiver of the Month Award

Do you know a caregiver (family or professional) who goes above and beyond in their duties caring for a loved one or client? Let’s honor them!

KIRC is set to launch a new feature – Caregiver of the Month – to recognize those who work hard to help us care for our loved ones.

Submit the name and contact information of your nominee, with a brief description of why you believe they should be selected.

Consider items such as years of work, kindness and respect to loved ones or clients, dedication, positive attitude – or whatever it is you believe makes your nominee ‘the best of the best!’

Selected nominees will be notified by email in advance to be featured on the Keeping It REAL Caregiving website and newsletter, receive a Certificate of Appreciation and a small gift card prize reward!

It is our way of saying THANK YOU for their hard work and dedication!

Submit Here and recognize a nominee for the September award

Reader Feedback

KIRC recently shared a series of articles focused on DIY caregiving solutions.

*A handful of diy caregiving hacks that saved our household and might help yours

*Catch me I’m falling: readers share even more handy diy caregiving hacks for household safety

Bathroom Accident Cleanups

A reader in New Mexico was kind enough to share their personal experience with a bathroom product they say has worked like a charm.*

I have a built-in bidet in my toilet. I installed it myself. Since I live in southern NM, no heated accessory is needed.

I chose the Biffy because the side lever allows a sweeping cleaning action from back to front and front to back.

Other brands have a nozzle in the back, and the cleaning water goes only to the front. ~ E.H.

*Visit the KIRC website to learn more about this and other products which you might find useful. KIRC makes no claims or assurances on any products. Be sure to read our Affiliate Disclosure*

Looking ahead…

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Butte Creek Country Club

175 Estates Drive, Chico, CA 95928

Aging with Grace: Healthy Resources

Hosted by: Butte-Glenn Medical Society

Event description: Learn more about health resources and information for seniors and caregivers. RSVP is required. Please call (530) 487-7061, Butte-Glenn Medical Society, between 8:00 AM and noon, Monday to Friday, or leave a message to RSVP.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sacramento, California

California For All Ages & Abilities: A Day of Action

Event details: Together with the IMPACT Stakeholder Committee, we invite you to join the California Master Plan for Aging stakeholders to elevate Aging, Disability, and Equity in statewide cross-sector planning to achieve the Governor’s vision of a California for ALL. You are invited to be part of the progress as we envision 21st century readiness for the Golden State.

For more information & to register click here


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Are you or a family member part of the United States military?

As the child of a United States Air Force veteran, and with several other family members also having served in the armed forces, I applaud efforts to focus on the unique caregiving needs and challenges of military families.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers is doing just that:

Operation Family Caregiver (OFC)

Description: OFC provides eight free and confidential one-on-one coaching to the families, friends and supporters of those who have served our nation and returned home with either visible or invisible injuries. OFC is tailored to each caregiver’s unique needs and delivered virtually on their schedule.

To learn more about the program click here

Calling all journalists

Gerontological Society of America

Extended Application Deadline – August 12, 2022

Description: The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and Journalists Network on Generations are welcoming applications for the 13th class of the Journalists in Aging Fellows Program. The submission deadline has been extended to Friday, August 12.

Since its founding in 2010, this program has been responsible for more than 750 news stories produced by 201 alumni.

GSA selected KIRC’s Julia Yarbough as a 2020 Journalists in Aging Fellow. This is just one of the stories produced as part of this program. *Note: Mr. Burkett featured in this story has since passed – our condolences to his family.*

Apply here

That’s all for now, folks. Have a great week ahead and hope to have you join KIRC for the upcoming Sunday Coffee Chat & Support Session!

Until next time~


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