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Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellowship Applications

 The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is now accepting applications for our 2016 class of Dole Caregiver Fellows!

The Dole Caregiver Fellowship provides those caring for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans the opportunity to advise national leaders through the Foundation’s network of public, private and nonprofit organizations providing services to caregivers.

Caregivers can click here to apply, or visit the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s homepage at ElizabethDoleFoundation.org. The application deadline is October 1, 2015.

Members of the 2015 fellows class stood on stage with First Lady Michelle Obama and VA Secretary Robert McDonald at the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Coalition Summit to share how caring for a wounded warrior has impacted their lives.  They carried their message to Capitol Hill during nearly 150 meetings with Members of Congress. In February, fellows attended a Foundation gathering of more than 100 leaders in the areas of caregiving, veterans’ issues and volunteering to give their perspective on how the nation could provide better support to military caregivers. And in their home states, the fellows served as ambassadors and organizers, developing connections among caregivers and educating local associations, community groups and businesses.

Please help us give caregivers a voice by sharing this application with your communities.

We are seeking applications from those caring for service members and veterans from both pre- and post-9/11 generations. The application website lists which states currently have openings. Successful applicants for the 2016 class will raise awareness of caregiver issues as part of the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Campaign, chaired by Tom Hanks.

Thank you for your continued support!

Steve Schwab
Executive Director
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation

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STC EXCITING RESEARCH NEWS!

The STC research study has been completed providing confirmation of what we have been saying about the STC experience for the last 20 years. We can now describe STC as an “evidenced-informed model.” (See below)

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the STC care recipients, caregivers and group members from the US, Canada and Australia who participated in this important study. It could not have happened without you!   And we truly appreciate all the groups out there using STC to help more and more people who need caregiving support. BRAVO.

Unless you are in the healthcare field this study may not seem like a big deal, but for STC, it should help to open more opportunities for funding and programs so that we can reach, teach and help many more caregivers everywhere.

The Call to Action

Our job now is to get the word out to professionals.

Researcher, Amy Hegener and I need to present “SHARE THE CARE™ – An Established Model Supported by Research and Practice”at important conferences in late 2015 – into 2016 and have submitted abstracts.

Society for Social Work and Research
20th Annual Conference – Washington, DC

3rd World Congress on Integrated Care
International Conference – Mexico City

American Society on Aging
2016 Aging in America – Washington, DC

HealthCareChaplaincy 3rd Annual “Caring for the Human Spirit”
Global Conference – San Diego. CA

NOW, AFTER A YEAR OF HARD WORK to reach this point, we really need everyone’s support to cover our conference fees and travel.
 
THE GOAL IS $14,000

Please donate online at www.sharethecare.org or if you prefer by check. Your can make a donation in honor of a friend or loved one. If you are in a STC group this is a great reason for a group donation.

Or If you prefer send us a check payable to ShareTheCaregiving/NCCI and mail it to:

ShareTheCaregiving Inc.
c/o The National Center for Civic Innovation – 6th Floor
121 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, NY 10013-1590

YOUR GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please include your name and address so we can properly acknowledge your gift and; if you would like to be kept informed of STC news, your email address. As always your group stories and photos for our website are always encouraged and welcome.

THANK YOU!!!
ONWARD, UPWARD!

Sheila 

Sheila Warnock

About the Research

The STC program is supported by a descriptive evaluation using a non-experimental mixed-methods design. The study sample was purposive and included a total of 143 participants from around the US, Canada and Australia. Data were collected via an online survey and through follow-up phone interviews.

The following research questions were addressed:

  1. Is participation in STC associated with a reduced level of burden for the primary caregiver and/or other family members?
  2. Is there an association between participation in STC and improved confidence in caregiving skills among group members?
  3. Is there a relationship between the shared experience and group members’ satisfaction?

The findings of this study suggest that the STC program is positively associated with the following outcomes:

  • contributing to a reduced level of burden among caregivers;
  • supporting a care receiver’s ability to stay at home with necessary supports, thereby decreasing the potential for reliance on more costly formal systems;
  • adding to or improving the well-being of participants, by remaining focused on a distinct psychological structure;
  • enhancing the caregiving skills of participants by preparing them for future caregiving situations; and
  • demonstrating variability that can be applied across settings and cultures.

These findings provide a foundation of supportive evidence that confirms STC as a best-practice model in the field of caregiving and one that can be replicated in a cost-effective manner across locations and challenges.  The results of this study further indicate that STC is effective in addressing a number of different challenges, whether short or long in duration.

It was the most rewarding experience of my life. It proved that I could contribute so much without feeling overwhelmed or overburdened.

It taught me to trust others, to know the real meaning of “team work”.

I think the military must be something like a Share the Care group — each member depending on the others and trusting with their whole hearts that they were supported. Emotionally, being able to choose to help according to my strengths and to “pass the buck” where I felt I was weak was a Godsend.”

– Research Study Participant

September 11-13th – Final Transition Conference in Tucson, AZ

STC at the ‘Science, Death, and Consciousness’ – Conference

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Do you have more questions than answers about the end of life? Few topics are as full of myth and mystery in our culture as end of life discussions and experiences. And few topics are as present and pressing to Baby Boomers than the end of life. The Final Transition Conference introduces science where there had been speculation. It also introduces good research where there mainly had been rumination.

Limited spaces will also be available at the conference for those interested in CEUs and CMEs. The Final Transition Conference will also be streamed live for those who are unable to attend.  Here’s a link for more information about streaming and attending.

Presenting at the conference will be:  Stephan A. Schwartz, Sheila Warnock, Betsy MacGregor MD, Cynda Rushton PhD/RN, Sharon Murfin, Barbara Dossey RN/PhD, Pim van Lommel MD, Larry Dossey MD, Peter Fenwick MD, Julie Beischel PhD, Jim Tucker MD, and Marilyn Schlitz PhD.”