National Center on Caregiving

Support for Working Family Caregivers: Paid Leave Policies in California and Beyond

Family Caregiver Alliance’s National Center on Caregiving has released a new Issue Brief on the value of paid family and medical leave to both working families and employers, and describes why this issue is taking hold in the states. The brief describes the development and initial implementation of California’s landmark paid leave law, and its usage by workers who are juggling the competing demands of jobs and caring for family members with chronic or debilitating health conditions. The brief also summarizes the progress towards similar statutes at the federal and state levels.

National Consensus Development Conference for Caregiver Assessment

©2005 Family Caregiver Alliance

The National Consensus Development Conference for Caregiver Assessment was convened by the National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance September 7–9, 2005 in San Francisco. The event was an intense and productive two days for the invitees, all key leaders in the field, with multi-disciplinary perspectives on the issues.

FCA Report Examines Effects of Caregiving on Retirement Planning

Nearly one quarter of American households provide care to relatives or friends age 50 or older. What is the fiscal toll on family caregivers who leave their jobs to provide that unpaid care?  The question is addressed in a new policy brief released by FCA’s National Center on Caregiving.

According to the report, while long-term caregiving can tax the finances of any family, since ap-proximately 75 percent of caregivers are female, the economic effect is intensified for women. Women also provide “informal” (unpaid) care longer than men—in many cases, for more than five years.

Caregiving PolicyDigest Newsletter

Caregiving PolicyDigest is a publication of the National Center on Caregiving, a program of Family Caregiver Alliance. The newsletter offers a fresh look at the rapidly changing world of caregiving policy―at the local, national and international levels.

New Study Examines Ten States' Caregiver Programs

Family Caregiver Alliance’s National Center on Caregiving has released a new study that explores the preliminary experiences of ten states grappling with a major national issue: how to support and sustain those who are the backbone of our long-term care system—the family and informal caregivers of the elderly and adults with disabilities.

States included in the report are Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

Selected Long-Term Care Statistics

What is Long-Term Care?

Online Resources: National Organizations


American Geriatrics Association - one of the largest professional organization of health care providers. Includes membership, educational and publication information.
American Society on Aging - Enhancing the skills and knowledge of those working with older adults and their families.

Side-by-Side Comparison of Family Caregiver Prevalence Studies

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Selected Caregiver Statistics

Fact Sheet: Selected Caregiver Statistics


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