Millions of Americans are providing care and support to an older adult who needs help because of a physical, mental or cognitive impairment. Providing support to these caregivers is critical, so we’re committed to finding the most effective ways to help family caregivers take care of themselves and those they care for.
That’s why we are one of the sponsors of a report, “Families Caring for an Aging America,” published by the Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in September 2016.
This report looks at the nature of family caregiving in our nation and what impact it has on caregivers’ health, economic security and overall well-being. The report also recommends policies to address caregivers’ needs and minimize any barriers they face when they are acting on behalf of the older adult they are caring for.
We’ll be using this research, along with information we’ve gathered from our own focus groups with caregivers, to guide us in developing a program that will meet the needs of caregivers in our regions.
To download the “Families Caring for an Aging America,” report, click here.
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