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Washington’s caregivers struggle with added stress during COVID-19

November 5, 2021

For many of Washington’s more than 850,000 unpaid family caregivers, the COVID-19 pandemic has added stress and burden to an already difficult job. Caregivers have reported that providing care is more emotionally, physically, and financially difficult than normal, according to a University of Pittsburg survey. A majority reported that the pandemic has increased their caregiving

Switch to 10-digit dialing

October 29, 2021

On Oct. 24 the switch to 10-digit dialing begins. That means you must include the 509 area code when dialing a local number. In July 2022 seven-digit dialing will no longer work and may cause calls to fail. Please check to see if yours, your family’s, and friend’s systems are up to date, including: life

Press release – USAging applauds release of recommendations to support family caregivers and boost aging services

September 27, 2021

For Immediate Release September 23, 2021 Contact: Amy Gotwals, agotwals@usaging.org and 202.460.5547 WASHINGTON—As the nation grapples with a caregiving crisis that has been worsened by the pandemic, USAging applauds the 26 recommendations released yesterday by the congressionally created RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage) Family Caregiving Advisory Council, which not only support the current

Falls prevention awareness – Falls CAN be prevented. Start a conversation, make a plan.

September 17, 2021

By Dr. Victoria Panzer and Ms. Lori Clary Across Washington, September 20 – 24, 2021 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week (FPAW).   Many things have changed this year with the challenges of COVID-19, but one thing hasn’t changed… Each year more than 25% of all older adults in Washington will fall.  Some falls are minor, while

Local connections to falls prevention!

September 7, 2021

While ALTCEW provides links to national resources, preventing falls is a local issue. The City of Spokane and Spokane Valley fire departments report that “older adult falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations and deaths in Spokane County.  Falls-related Emergency Medical Service calls are the leading non-fire response-related calls in Spokane County.” You can