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Grandparent Caregivers: Grandparents Raising Children
Due to the overwhelming requests for information on grandparenting, Empowering Caregivers has developed a series of articles to keep you abreast of important information, along with suggested books and resources.

Today, more than any other time in history, Grandparents are caring for grandchildren in a variety of new roles. Death of a parent, abandonment, parents who are in prison, substance abuse, unemployment, mental illness, divorce, teen pregnancy, violence in the family home and those whose parents work full time are just some of the reasons for this new trend.. Whatever the scenerio is, grandparents are overwhlemed and feeling isolated in their newly defined roles as grandparent(s) caring for their grandchildren..

Whether grandparents are caregiving or raising these children, they may be totally unsure of where to start and how to proceed. As a result, to meet the needs of grandparents in these situations, many organizations, foundations and programs and support groups have arisen and are available across the nation. They provide an tremendous wealth of resources: legal, financial, emotional, behavioral; just to mention a few types of help.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 1997 3.9 million children were living in homes maintained by their grandparents, up 76 percent from 2.2 million in 1970. In a majority of the cases, grandparents are the primary caregivers. Based on 1996 Census data, 48 percent of grandparent caregivers are between age 50 and 64; 33 percent are younger than age 50 and 19 percent are age 65 plus.

And there are those grandparents who are grandparenhting long distance. The Foundation for Grandparenting. Arthur Kornhaber M.D., the founder and President says "We call this "Grandparent Power" -- the power to love, care for others, and grow personally by so doing. This is especially relevant in today's society where there are few defined roles for older people. Our work has shown that today's new and unique grandparent generation, including elders who are not biological grandparents, if coalesced into a cohesive group, contain the possibilities for changing society for the better."

Issues Faced By Grandparents:

Changes are experienced in all aredas of the grandparents's lives when they assume the role of caring for a grandchild. There is a tremendous amount of mental and emotional strain coupled with feelings of ioslation and helplessness and at times even hopelessness. Grandparents are also saddled with new financial challenges because of their fixed incomes.

As caregivers know, they may also neglect their own health issues because the grandchildren become their priority. Many grandchildren have special needs mentally, physically and emotionally so the grandparent may be torn in setting priorities to have their own needs met.

Grandparents may also be challenged with needing legal rights and guardianship rights for their grandchildren in order to receive public assistance, registering them in school, supportive services, affordable housing, medical care and respite.

State and Area Agencies on Aging throughout the US offer programs and services to assist grandparent caregivers. Contact your local Area On Agency to find out what programs you are elgible for and what is available in your community.

Gail Mitchell
Empowering Caregivers

Ms. Mitchell is the President and Founder of NOFEC. Her full-time caregiving experience began in the early eighties when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Later on she became the primary caregiver for her father, along with her mother who had become critically ill from burnout prior to her dadís passing. In recent years, she cared for several friends with AIDS while continuing to care for her mother and actively providing support, information, referrals and resources for caregivers.

Prior to founding NOFEC, she created the iVillageHealth Chat: Empowering Caregivers, which she hosted for over 5 years. Within a month of hosting she created Empowering Caregivers: www.care-givers.com in 1999 as a resource for caregivers around the globe. Over three million visitors have frequented the website.

Gail's leadership on the Internet and her success with Empowering Caregivers led her to found National Organization For Empowering Caregivers (NOFEC) INC in 2001.

She presents at national and international care-related conferences and programs and has been a keynote speaker for many programs as well.

Ms Mitchell has assisted thousands of caregivers online and offline in ways to empower themselves in their roles in caring for loved ones.

For a list of client and or her resume, please contact info@nofec.org

Gail's articles have been published in many venues nationally and in Canada.Presently, she is a member of American Society on Aging and National Quality Caregivers Coalition.

E-mail: info@care-givers.com
Web Site: http://www.care-givers.com

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