New report calls for systemwide reorientation to account for health care and support of both elders and family caregivers | “Families Caring for an Aging America”

NOTE: Last week the National Academy of Medicine released a report, Families Caring for an Aging America, examining family caregiving for older adults.

The Academy is offering a free briefing on the report next Thursday, September 29 at 1:30 pm.  This Website gives some background information about the report and has a place for webinar registration.

Webinar: Report on Families Caring for an Aging America: Thursday, September 29 at 1:30 pm

“The demand for family caregivers for adults who are 65 or older is increasing significantly, and family caregivers need more recognition, information, and support to fulfill their responsibilities and maintain their own health, financial security, and well-being, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.” – SOURCE:


“Family caregiving affects millions of Americans every day, in all walks of life. At least 17.7 million individuals in the United States are caregivers of an older adult with a health or functional limitation. The nation’s family caregivers provide the lion’s share of long-term care for our older adult population. They are also central to older adults’ access to and receipt of health care and community-based social services. Yet the need to recognize and support caregivers is among the least appreciated challenges facing the aging U.S. population.

“Families Caring for an Aging America examines the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults and the available evidence on the effectiveness of programs, supports, and other interventions designed to support family caregivers. This report also assesses and recommends policies to address the needs of family caregivers and to minimize the barriers that they encounter in trying to meet the needs of older adults.”

To buy or download this book, visit the National Academies Press Webpage here.

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