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Editor's e-Note
This past brutal winter drove home the cruel reality of weather’s unpredictability and how it can suddenly affect our lives, uproot us from our homes, cause great discomfort, and endanger our families and friends. As if these risks weren’t enough, imagine that you were also a 24/7 caregiver of a parent, partner, or other loved one. What would you do to ensure that individual’s safety and care?

The author of our monthly E-News Exclusive didn’t face a weather-related emergency but did face his own health condition that required him to make plans for his wife to be cared for while he was hospitalized and in physical therapy. As an advocate for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, he urges social workers to help guide their clients in advanced planning for loved ones who need 24/7 care in the event of an emergency or even an anticipated interruption of care for a loved one by a 24/7 caretaker.

Options are available, and the key is to investigate those options in advance to see which ones meet the client’s needs in the event of interrupted care.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
e-News Exclusive
Helping Caregivers Prepare for Emergencies
By Allan S. Vann, EdD, MS

My wife, Clare, has Alzheimer’s disease and recently was placed in the dementia unit of an assisted living facility. However, when she was at home and I was her 24/7 caregiver, I had thought about what I would have done if an emergency had prevented me from caring for Clare. This was an even more heightened concern once I learned that I would soon need hip replacement surgery. If Clare were at home with me when I had the surgery, I would have had to make arrangements for her 24/7 care for the period of my hospitalization and subsequent physical therapy in a rehabilitation facility.

Fortunately, by the time I needed surgery, I already had placed Clare in the assisted living facility, so she was well cared for during my hospitalization and rehabilitation. But what if I needed this surgery earlier, while Clare was still living with me at home? What would I have done?

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NASW Media Award Winner
Social Work Today Honored by National Association of Social Workers
Chosen as 2014 NASW Media Award Winner for Best Trade Publication

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recently announced winners of the 2014 NASW Media Awards, and Social Work Today is proud to have been selected as Best Trade Publication. The NASW cites several articles from 2013 that were particularly noteworthy, including those on the growing use of hospice care, adoption competency in clinical social work, and living with co-occurring disorders.

"Our Social Work Month theme was 'All People Matter,' and the winners of this year's media award certainly reflect that," NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, said. "The award recipients, through their work in print, TV, blogs, and other media, demonstrated to the public some of the many ways social workers help people overcome life's challenges and succeed."

In addition to Social Work Today, NASW Media Award recipients include documentary filmmakers, television producers, bloggers, newspaper reporters, columnists, and other media professionals who helped spotlight social work services and critical social issues in 2013. More than 1,350 people visited the website, an NASW site that tracks how social workers are portrayed in the media, to cast their votes for 47 nominees. Click here for more on this year's winners.

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Other News
Program Supports Individuals With Memory Loss, Caregivers
The Washington Post reports on a program that gives those with memory loss techniques to improve recall, supports caregivers, and provides a place to connect with others facing similar challenges.

New Research Will Study Mental Health of Patients With Cancer
According to USA TODAY, new research by the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute hopes to bring social and mental health professionals to patients' aid before they reach a crisis.

Mindful Meditation May Help Students' Academic Performance
The Los Angeles Times reports that mindfulness programs are helping students with focus, attention, and calming emotions, and teachers and administrators see it as a tool that also may boost school performance.

Affordable Care Act Spurs Health Professionals' Return to School
According to The New York Times, the complexities of the Affordable Care Act are motivating some health professionals to pursue higher education.
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