Text Box: Fall 2006
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Family Caregivers News
Text Box: VHFC celebrates its 8th year of providing service to the community.
National Caregivers Month
By Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD

November is National Family Caregivers Month!  A time to celebrate the contributions of family caregivers and to draw attention to the many challenges facing them, to advocate for stronger public policy to address family caregiving issues, and to raise awareness about community programs that support family caregivers. 
	NFC Month is a time to recognize, thank, support, and educate the more than 50 million family caregivers of all ages across the country.  The value of family caregiving is now calculated at  $306 billion annually to our economy.

	The special 2006 focus is on protecting caregiver health.  The first national conference on Caregiving Health as a U.S. policy issue was held on September 26th in Washington, D.C. 
	VHFC promotes caregiver health through its education and support services and especially respite care.  Having a break from caregiving not only allows the caregiver a breather, it also allows the person receiving care to have a visit from a caring and fun volunteer…it’s a win – win!

	VHFC is grateful for all of the caregivers in the community.  Today we recognize Loretta Federgreen of Boca Raton, who cared for her husband Alfred until his death and now at age 86 she is caring for her son Richard.  VHFC Caregiver Tony Quesdada has been providing respite for Loretta and spending social time with Richard since 2002.  A fine example of why VHFC is proud to be part of a national caregiving support movement for people of all ages.

Caregiver Tony Quesdada (top left) with Care Receivers Loretta (top right) and Richard (center bottom) Federgreen

Text Box: In Fond Memory of Care Receiver 
Rose Davidow
Rose was a long time care receiver of Boca Respite.  She passed away in July, one month from her 104th birthday.  Caregiver Jo Ann Merrick became like family during 3 years of service. Boca Respite/VHFC is grateful to those who have given gifts to help others in Rose’s name.

Inside This Issue

Good News                      2

VFHC History Part lll        2

Fun Fundraising                 3

Volunteering                     4

Coming Events                  4

Tip of the Day                   4







Special thanks to Maria Levix of the Schmidt Family Foundation and Betsi Kassebaum of the Toppel Family Foundation who have spearheaded the development of a coalition of funding partners for the CYPP that includes:

Toppel Family Foundation

Schmidt Family Foundation

Palm Healthcare Foundation

P.L. Dodge Foundation

BankAtlantic Foundation

Sun-Sentinel News in Education

Boca Raton Community Hospital

Bethesda Memorial Hospital

The School District of               Palm Beach County 

Stratis Business Systems

Innovation Center at FAU

The Jim Moran Foundation

Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation