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Family Caregivers Unite!

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August 07th 2012:Justice for Family Caregivers After Years of Family Caregiving

Kathy Kelly is Executive Director of Family Caregiver Alliance, a national US nonprofit organization providing direct family caregiver support services, public policy development, research and public awareness. Marilyn Pytka found herself in financial, physical, professional and personal ruin after spending over 20 years as her mother’s family caregiver. They highlight their backgrounds and experiences of family caregiving. Kathy explains the Family Caregiver Alliance and its work. Marilyn analyzes how well family caregiving is understood and how much family caregivers are respected. They disc

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Kathleen Kelly

Kathleen Kelly is Executive Director of Family Caregiver Alliance, a national US nonprofit organization providing direct family caregiver support services, public policy development, research and public awareness. She oversees the Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center’s direct services in the San Francisco Bay Area, California policy collaborations, and the National Center on Caregiving. The Alliance promoted the first legislation in the country for supportive services for family caregivers. It was first to recognize needs for specialized services for family caregivers caring for adults with chronic conditions. During her tenure, it grew from a grassroots program to a national organization prov
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Marilyn Pytka

Marilyn Pytka found herself in financial, physical, professional and personal ruin after spending over 20 years as her mother’s family caregiver. She was forced into litigation immediately following her mother’s death. She then found herself fighting for herself and her young child in a legal system that marginalized, denigrated and trivialized her. She says that Canada has laws to protect women who give up their careers to care for their family, but lacks laws to protect family caregivers, usually women from low-income families, caring for family members. Determined that Canadian family caregivers, their families and future generations will not suffer the fate she has experienced, she’s tes
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