National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. This is a time to celebrate the contribution of those volunteer friends and family members who support a loved one with their health or managing a disability. We’re thankful for the contributions of the more than 44 million Americans who care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Join us as we celebrate the contribution of caregivers and find better ways to support them as they care.



Programs at the National Alliance for Caregiving


Congressional Stories of Family Caregiving  

Congressional Stories of Family Caregiving – Nov. 7th

The National Alliance for Caregiving is proud to support a Capitol Hill briefing on Congressional Stories of Family Caregiving, in partnership with the Gerontological Society of America, AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Like the majority of family caregivers across the United States, senators and representatives juggle the demands of family life, work, and caregiving. 


This lunch briefing will highlight caregiving stories, including those of congressional members, in an effort to raise awareness of the need for action to support and assist family caregivers. 


Join us on Tuesday, November 7th from 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM at the Reserve Officers Association, located at One Constitution Avenue NE in Washington, D.C.


For more information, download the Caregiving Briefing Flyer here.


Circle of Care Logo  

Circle of Care Mental Health Toolkit – Nov. 21st at 3 PM ET

In partnership with mental health advocates and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the National Alliance for Caregiving will release a new toolkit for people who are caring for someone with a mental illness. The toolkit will cover 12 different domains, including: 


  • Key Facts & Figures on Mental Health Caregiving
  • Planning for the Future 
  • Taking Care of Yourself
  • Getting an Accurate Diagnosis 
  • Communicating with Health Professionals 
  • Finding Community Services 
  • Confidentiality and Family Involvement
  • Discharge Planning 
  • Health Insurance: Navigating Parity and Access Issues 
  • Finding Providers Who Understand & Treat the Condition 
  • Dealing with the Criminal Justice System 
  • Economic Impact of Mental Illness on Caregivers


The toolkit and other resources for family caregivers will be shared on Tuesday, November 21st at 3:00 PM ET in a national webinar. Register here! 


Fall Prevention - You Have the Power  

Registration is Now Open! 
Fall Prevention Webinar & Toolkit – Nov. 28th at 4 PM ET

We’re honored to partner with the National Council on Aging on a series of resources for family caregivers of older adults. Many caregivers may not realize that 1 in 4 adults over the age of 65 falls every year, injuring themselves and often exacerbating other conditions of aging. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans; they are costly—in dollars and in quality of life. Family caregivers and those at-risk for a fall can be partners and participants in falls prevention. The good news is that falling is not a normal part of aging.


This month, we’re releasing a toolkit for caregivers of older adults about how to prevent falls and how to have a conversation with those you care for about prevention. 


 The toolkit and other resources for family caregivers will be shared on Tuesday, November 28th at 4:00 PM ET in a national webinar. Learn more and register here. 



National & International Caregiving Initiatives


Embracing Carers
The National Alliance for Caregiving is pleased to join national and international caregiving organizations in Embracing Carers, global movement that recognizes the pivotal role of caregivers in the healthcare ecosystem. Learn more at the video below.




National Family Caregivers Month – Caregiver Action Network

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) leads National Family Caregivers Month each year, working with the Administration for Community Living and the Presidential administration to recognize the contributions that caregivers make to American society. This year, the theme for National Family Caregivers Month is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” Learn more about the month and activities to celebrate here. By way of background, CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.


Family Caregiver Alliance – 40th Anniversary

The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is the oldest national family caregiving non-profit in the United States to advocate and support for caregivers. FCA provides services, education programs, and resources for family caregivers and offers support, tailored information, and tools to manage the complex demands of caregiving, including the FCA CareJourney tool, the Family Care Navigator to find services state-by-state, policy and research resources in the National Center on Caregiving (NCC), and the Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center for caregivers in the San Francisco Bay Area. This month through March 2018, FCA is celebrating its 40th anniversary and its work to strengthen advocacy for, and support the needs of, family caregivers. You can learn more on the FCA Blog


ARCH National Respite Network

The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums. The ARCH National Respite Network includes the National Respite Locator, a service to help caregivers and professionals locate respite services in their community, the National Respite Coalition, a service that advocates for preserving and promoting respite in policy and programs at the national, state, and local levels, and the Lifespan Respite Technical Assistance Center which is funded by the Administration for Community Living in the US Department of Health and Human Services.