About the Observance
Celebrated every November, National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers.
The national observance is led by Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a nonprofit that provides free education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers. CAN selected the 2022 theme, #CaregivingHappens, to acknowledge the reality that family caregiving is not always convenient or expected.
ACL Efforts in Support of Caregivers
Families are the primary source of support for older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. Many family caregivers work and provide care, experiencing conflicts between competing responsibilities. Research indicates caregiving takes a significant emotional, physical, and financial toll. ACL is a proud observer of NFCM, but we work year-round through programs and councils to support and empower family caregivers.
The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers was created to support family caregivers of all ages, from youth to grandparents, and regardless of where they live or what caregiving looks like for them and their loved ones. The strategy was developed jointly by the advisory councils created by the RAISE Family Caregiving Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, with extensive input from the public, including family caregivers and the people they support. It will be updated in response to public comments and evolve with the caregiving landscape. Learn more about the advisory councils.
- #NFCMonth (Annual observance hashtag)
- #NationalFamilyCaregivingMonth (Annual observance hashtag, long form)
- #CaregivingHappens (CAN's official tag for 2022)
- #RAISEcaregiving (ACL's official tag for RAISE activities)
- #FamilyCaregiver (A larger conversation on family caregiving)
November 16, 2022 at 1PM ET | National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
This Twitter chat will explore actions and strategies that states, local governments, employers, and community organizations can take to implement the National Strategy. To join the conversation, make sure you follow @NASHPhealth on Twitter and use the hashtag #RAISEchat.
Relevant Sites & Resources
- Supporting Family Caregivers: A Roadmap for States - The National Academy for State Health Policy (nashp.org)
- National Family Caregivers Month | The Center on Holocaust Survivor Care (jewishfederations.org)
- Medicaid Structured Family Caregiving: Enabling Family Members to make Caregiving Their Primary Focus (nashp.org)