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Dear Friend,


Featured this month:

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said, "There are four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers."

I would add to this truth that all of us, at any particular moment, know at least one person who at that time is faced with the challenges of caregiving. Very recently I again witnessed first-hand how Lotsa Helping Hands can have a profound effect not only on the family caregivers and the patient, but also on the community of volunteers and supporters that rally behind them.

Late in July, my twenty-two year old nephew was informed he had a brain tumor twice the size of a golf ball, requiring immediate surgery. My sister and her family, led by my niece, reached out to their extended family and circles of friends and created a Lotsa Helping Hands Community, now almost 100 people strong. Over on the Lotsa blog, I’ve shared more about the truly amazing support that my nephew and his family are receiving, and the rediscovery of what it means to be in community with loved ones and strangers alike.

This August, if you know someone who is caring for a loved one, consider creating a community for them. It only takes a minute, and it’s one of the easiest ways to offer your help and support during a tough time. And you may be surprised how the help and support extends far beyond the family you are helping!

     From our Community to yours,

          Hal Chapel, Co-Founder & CEO



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5 Ideas to Help You Find Senior Care Online
Caring.com put together 5 ideas to supplement the help you receive from friendly supporters. Check out their blog and read about the online resources that can help you find ongoing senior care.

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Tune in to hear how Lotsa supports caregivers on NPR’s It’s Your Health, learn about communities of support on Toula’s Tips for Caregivers and listen in to Secrets to Living Better at 50+ to hear tips on how you can be better prepared for caregiving.


Lotsa Tips — Get the Most out of your Community

Read our tips below to learn how you can get the most out of Lotsa Helping Hands. And if you’re looking for more ideas for your Lotsa Community, head over to our How it Works Page, or contact our Member Support Center to get your questions answered!

1. Easily Switch Between Multiple Lotsa Communities — More than 30% of our Members are in more than one Community, whether it’s helping a neighbor with breast cancer or organizing volunteers in their child’s classroom at school. When joining, creating or accessing a 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th!) Community web site, you’ll always use the same email address and password. When you are a Member of multiple Community web sites, the orange ‘Sign In’ menu at the top of the page will give you the option to ‘Switch to Another Community’. Simply click this and you’ll be able to easily navigate between every Community you are participating in.

2. Organize Groups! — Did you know you can organize your Community into smaller sub-groups for even easier organization? Community Leaders can use the ‘Add Groups’ and ‘Manage Groups’ links in the Administration tab to segment their helpers into smaller groups who can be contacted directly and organized to participate in select Activities. You can have a rides group or a group dedicated to delivering meals or coordinating child care. You can even turn Community Sections and Activities on or off for certain groups by editing the Permissions of each. There are so many ways to use this feature. Let us know if you need ideas.


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5 Ideas to Help You Find Senior Care Online

How to Offer Help That’s Really Helpful from Caring.com

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Caring for a Loved One with A Brain Tumor

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