ACAPcommunity

ACAPcommunity

From Frances & Jane

Caring for an aging parent can prove overwhelming & isolating for an adult-child or other family member.  Adult Children of Aging Parents (ACAPcommunity) provides support, education, & encouragement to family caregivers.

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Adult-children, typical front-line caregivers for aging parents, often find themselves at a loss as to how to best advocate for and care for their loved ones as well as how to best prepare for their own aging.  Many feel isolated because of caregiving demands and uncertain how to care for themselves during the caregiving journey with parents -- or how to plan for their own future.   ACAPcommunity (Adult Children of Aging Parents), created by two adult-child caregivers who know the joys as well as the challenges of accompanying parents as they age, offers support for adult-children during the caregiving journey and helps caregivers learn strategies for enhancing their own years as an elder. 

Through local chapters, ACAPcommunity offers free monthly educational programs based on a nationally-validated curriculum.  Programs, presented by area content-experts, are specifically designed to help adult-child caregivers learn information and resources for effectively caring for parents as well as for themselves.  While focused on adult-child caregivers, ACAPcommunity programs are open to all who are interested, and attendees typically include other family caregivers as well as professionals.

Since beginning in the Hickory, NC, area in 2012, ACAPcommunity has grown tremendously, testimony to the significant need adult-children have for support while journeying with aging parents.  In 2015 ACAP garnered national attention for its curriculum, developed and hosted an inaugural conference for caregivers, provided monthly educational sessions that drew 30-40 attendees each month, and became aware that its podcasts are listened to by caregivers in 48 states and 45 countries! 

 In addition, among 2015 ACAP-Hickory attendees:

·       100% reported they learned new information through ACAP programs, helping them better care for their loved ones and for themselves.

·       90% revealed they felt more confident because of attending ACAP, and 84% learned new resources and/or caregiving skills.

  • 77% told us they felt less anxious, and 74% felt more balanced at work and/or at home. 
  • Those who attended ACAP-Hickory five or more times reported feeling more confident, less anxious and more balanced with work and home than participants who attended fewer times. 
  • And, an increasing number of participants let us know they learned strategies for their own healthy aging -- rising from 10% in 2013 to 24% in 2015.  

Clearly ACAP's work must continue. 

Your financial support will ensure caregivers have access to the information, resources, support and community essential in caring for their loved ones and for themselves.

Making a gift to ACAP would be a wonderful way to honor or remember a loved one.  And, by providing contact information, ACAP will be happy to inform your loved one or her/his family of your thoughtfulness.   Simply click this link and follow the directions.

Learn more about the stories of adult-children of aging parents and how and why Frances S. Hall and Jane M. Everson began ACAPcommunity.  Or, you may want to listen to our audio podcasts addressing a variety of issues related to adult-child and family caregiving.  Please visit www.ACAPcommunity.org. 

In advance, thank you for helping ensure caregivers continue to have the education, support and encouragement essential in helping them care effectively for loved ones and for themselves.

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