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With National Family Caregivers Month quickly approaching, we are gearing up to highlight the many and vast resources available to caregivers. Do you have a resource or company to share? Email us at marketing@lotsahelpinghands.com.

Sandwich Generation Caregivers
Last month we hosted a webinar dedicated to the Sandwich Generation featuring Sherri Snelling of the Caregiving Club. The Sandwich Generation is the generation of Americans caring for an aging parent while also raising their children – literally squeezed between caring for two generations simultaneously. When you’re juggling work, family and caring for others, it’s hard to remember to care for yourself.

Watch a recording of the webinar and learn the key challenges that Sandwich Generation caregivers face as well as creative solutions to these challenges.

Resources for Caregiver Support
From General Health to Patient Advocacy, Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease related resources, our Resource Directory offers a list of organizations that serve caregivers — in a variety of areas. We hope you find them helpful along your caregiving journey.

Are you a caregiver juggling work responsibilities while caring for a loved one? Bring Lotsa Helping Hands to your work place. Contact us to learn more.

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American Lung

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Health Council

National Family Caregivers Association

Wounded Warrior Project

American Parkinson Disease Association

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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Dear Friend,


New this month:
We're almost halfway through October and we’re guessing you’ve already noticed the world has gone pink — and, for good reason. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and nearly everywhere you turn there are abundant signs that we’re all paying attention. From national television programming spotlighting NFL players in pink uniforms to your local grocery store inviting a donation upon check out, breast cancer is never far from our minds. Here at Lotsa, we’ve witnessed more than 250,000 volunteers participating in private Communities to help a friend or loved one who is coping with a breast cancer diagnosis – and the ensuing treatment regimen that often propels a family on an emotional journey and juggling act unlike any they have ever experienced.

We are privileged to witness many stories of inspiration: from the woman in remission who turned her own breast cancer diagnosis into the motivation to create an Open Community in order to give back to other people in her town battling cancer, to the young mother of three small children who was supported by a group of 100 friends as she underwent a second round of chemo treatment. The nationwide effects of breast cancer are devastating: according to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, in 2012 more than 220,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. This month we honor those who are affected as well as those who come together to help. Take a look at some of the stories in our Story Project for more information about how Lotsa Communities help those caring for loved ones. And, if you know someone who is affected by breast cancer, consider reaching out and offering your help.

However you acknowledge breast cancer awareness, join us in saluting the families who have been affected by this disease and pass this on to others you love.

     From our Community to yours,

          Hal Chapel, Co-Founder & CEO


Lotsa News

Free Webinar Tuesday October 30, 2012, 2pm EDT
Tips and Tricks for Using Lotsa

Just in time for Halloween, join us for a special webinar offering tips and tricks for using Lotsa Helping Hands. We’ll answer your questions and offer new ways you can build and grow your Community.

Free Webinar Thursday November 1, 2012, 2pm EDT
A Cast of Caregivers with Sherri Snelling – CEO, Caregiving Club and author

Taken from her upcoming book which is the “What to Expect When You’re Caregiving” how-to guide Sherri gives the Caregiving 101 overview of the go-to resources to help you in three key areas of caring for a loved one and what signs to look for or discuss with love ones as families gather for the holidays:
  • How to assess your loved one’s driving and what to do if driving retirement is imminent
  • Matchmaking services for in-home care
  • How to avoid the Goldilocks Syndrome in alternative senior housing by knowing all your options
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Lotsa Tips

We’re sharing tips for those coming together to organize help in Communities this fall. Remember, you can always visit our How it Works Page for ideas about how to get the most from your Lotsa Community web site.

Add Seasonal tasks — The leaves are falling and days are getting shorter. Think about adding some seasonal tasks such as raking leaves or prepping for winter to your Community’s Help Calendar.

Help with the Little Things — There’s a lot to be done in the fall. Ask a caregiver if you can help put out fall decorations, or pick up Halloween candy next time you’re out. It’s just a small thing, but it might be something your loved one, friend or neighbor forgot about with all that’s on their mind.

Plan Ahead — Though its only October, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas are right around the corner. It’s never too early to plan or schedule a weekend for decorating the house, or getting supplies (shovels and salt) ready for the winter weather.

If you have additional questions, contact us at info@lotsahelpinghands.com.


Share Your Story

This month, we are inviting those of you in our larger Lotsa Community to share your story. Are you a caregiver for someone coping with breast cancer or are you living with breast cancer or volunteering and helping out a friend or loved one? Share your story here.


Join the Conversation on our Lotsa Blog

Want to learn more about Communities at Lotsa, resources from our nonprofit partners, and stories from the people behind Lotsa? Visit our blog and post a comment.

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