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Calling all writers and bloggers! We are extending an open invitation to participate in the Caring Across Generations #Blog4Care blog carnival. 

This is the moment we are in: Every 8 seconds, someone is turning 65 in the US. Alzheimer’s disease is on pace to overtake cancer and heart disease as the leading cause of death for Americans in the coming decades. More than 42 million of us are caring for a family member who needs regular care. Yet the options that we have to ensure we all get quality, affordable care aren’t enough. The care crisis is real, and it’s affecting more of us every day. 

We will be publishing the #Blog4Care blog carnival at the end of March, with a range of personal and policy perspectives on how the care crisis is affecting families, with a focus on those of us caring for aging parents, spouses, and family members with disabilities. Do you have an opinion, analysis or personal story you want to share? We want your voice to be part of it!

We want to hear from you — our stories are powerful, and need to be shared so that we can begin to create solutions to the care crisis, together. If you or someone you know has had any of these experiences, we hope you will join #Blog4Care and share your story with us on your blog:

  • Are you a member of the sandwich generation and a caregiver for an aging parent?
  • Do you or someone you care for receive support from a home care worker?
  • Do you work full-time while also being a caregiver for a loved one?
  • Have you had experience using Medicaid and/or Medicare to support yourself or an aging loved one?

If you are interested in participating, please see the detailed guidelines below. The deadline to submit a blog post is Friday, March 21.

WHAT’S A BLOG CARNIVAL? 

A blog carnival is an online action that aims to utilize the growing power of our combined reach on social media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter and more) to jumpstart — and jump into! — a national conversation.

This blog carnival about caregiving and the care crisis will feature links to blog posts on topics ranging from the personal to the political. We’ll put the links to these posts together in one overarching post that will serve to host and introduce the blog carnival.

In addition, we’ll amplify the blog carnival post on our Facebook page and with tweets from the Caring Across Twitter account @CaringAcrossGen using relevant hashtags.




THE INSTRUCTIONS

Thank you so much for wanting to be part of the #Blog4Care blog carnival. Below, you will find general information as well as a how-to for how to post. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.

CONTENT GUIDELINES: Caring Across Generations invites you to write about how caregiving and the care crisis has impacted your family, your community, and the country by sharing stories and opinions from the personal to the political. Blog posts can be just a few paragraphs or much longer, but we recommend your post be about 500 to 800 words.

Caring Across Generations appreciates original content and we are also happy to re-post previously written content as long as you add a sentence or two on why this post is relevant to this particular blog carnival.

WHAT TO SUBMIT ALONG WITH A POST: Please email the following information to Esther Wang by no later than Friday, March 21, 2014 at esther@caringacrossgenerations.org:

The more blog posts, the merrier (and the bigger the impact we’ll have overall). So in addition to submitting your own blog post, if you know anyone else who may like to participate, feel free to share this #Blog4Care invitation with them.

TIMELINE: The blog carnival will take place over a 3-day period beginning on Monday, March 24. The deadline for submitting your post URL is Friday, March 21.

DETAILS ON THE TWEETING: When the #Blog4Care blog carnival is published, each post will be tweeted and retweeted with pertinent hashtags. All tweets will be posted with the #Blog4Care hashtag. We encourage you to search for these tweets from @CaringAcrossGen to retweet them from your own account, and to comment using the appropriate hashtags and tagging @CaringAcrossGen in your tweet so we can respond easily to thank you! We also encourage you to send these tweets to those in your online community and to other bloggers to invite their tweets and comments.

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