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Incidence of stress-related health disorders in family caregivers

The level of long-term chronic stress may be causing auto-immune conditions, particularly in older mothers. As far as I know, this has not been studied, but anecdotally, practically every older mother I know who is an active advocate, also has an auto-immune disorder. Until it is identified as a problem, no one will address it with any ideas for remedies.

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Caregiving and the Workplace

Caregiving results in an overall cost to business of $33.6 billion per year due to absenteeism, supervisory time, unpaid leave, and reduced hours. Family caregiving is also estimated to add another $13.4 billion or an 8% differential to healthcare business costs. How do we convince companies to provide resources to help their employees manage their jobs and their caregiving responsibilities?

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Parent / Student

As a new generation of individuals with autism comes of age, I would like to see research regarding mentoring programs for teens and young adults with ASD. How can we promote mentoring programs within the autism community? How can we work to establish positive role models for youngsters with ASD? What kind of training and support is needed to make these programs effective?

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Injury prevention

Develop training paradigms, plus prepare personal trainers, specifically to support family caregivers of persons with physical disabilities

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Provide tax credits for caregivers

If a caregiver is providing care, allow them to have a tax credit, for the sheer savings to the tax paying public of not having medicaid bear the costs of giving care. In the past 5 years, as a caregiver, I have saved taxpayers thousands and thousands of dollars by providing care to an elderly family member, versus relying on the government to care for the individual. Give credit where credit is due.

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Preventing developmental-behavioral problems in young children

From the perspective of a busy general pediatrician, what I believe U.S. families need is all described in my 2/20/15 article for The Hill, "Let's get smarter about preventing developmental-behavioral problems". Please read my article and share it on FB, Twitter and other social media outlets...

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/233131-lets-get-smarter-about-preventing-developmental-behavioral

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Expanding definition of family to include LGBT caregiver support

There is a dearth of research on the expanded definition of “family” and how LGBT people provide care for each other, and the people they love often without benefit of legal protections, or blood ties. Including questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and non-biological support dyads would be crucial to learning more about what those networks look like, and need in terms of support.

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Greater detail on advanced directives Policy/Law changes

As a caregiver and DHCPOA I would like to start a conversation and bring about policy changes to have advanced directives give greater instructions to the people who are to carry out the individuals wishes as to what to do if XYZ happens, not just, withhold nutrition and hydration if I'm terminally ill. Give deeper instructions, who do you want to provide caregiving for you if you should need it? Do you expect your family ...more »

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Continued Child Support for Adult Children

In the State of California there is a rarely used Family Code that states the "The father and mother have an equal responsibility to maintain, to the extent of their ability, a child of whatever age who is incapacitated from earning a living and without sufficient means." I recently used this law to win continued child support for both of my 18 & 20 year old children with mental illnesses. Research on this law could ...more »

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Improve Design of TransferEquipment

Physical burden of care might be lessened by improving the design of transfer and patient handling equipment. Up until now, deficits in the design of such equipment has been borne by care recipients and caregivers. If patients fell, or declined in function, they simply became an inpatient. Now, there is value at reducing unnecessary hazards in home care and optimizing patient function. At the same time, embed patient ...more »

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