About the Alliance
Established in 1996, The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation and advocacy. Alliance members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease-specific organizations, government agencies, and corporations.
The Alliance conducts research, does policy analysis, develops national best-practice programs, and works to increase public awareness of family caregiving issues.
Recognizing that family caregivers make essential social and financial contributions toward maintaining the well-being of those they care for, the Alliance is dedicated to improving quality of life for families and their care recipients through research, innovation and advocacy
Here are just a few of the Alliance’s recent accomplishments and upcoming work:
- New Research on Caregiving The Alliance continues to see high interest in the results of our cutting-edge Caregiving in the US 2009 survey, published in partnership with AARP. This benchmark five-year study will be released again in 2014. Additionally, the Alliance is working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to study family caregivers for persons with severe mental illness. As with much of our research, the policy implications of these two studies will be of pivotal importance.
- Thought-Leadership In April 2014, the Alliance co-convened a panel on Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregivers, in partnership with Rajiv Mehta of Bhageera Consulting, and Richard Adler, of People & Technology. The panel included government officials from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Office of the National Coordinator, academics, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, and caregiving policy experts. Recommendations from the panel will be published in a White Paper to be released later this year.
- Workplace & Caregiving Building on the Alliance’s 2012 report on Best Practices in Workplace Eldercare, the Alliance has continued work with ReACT, a consortium of employers vested in caregiving employees as a means to build stronger companies. Last fall, the Alliance, ReACT and AARP developed an Employer Toolkit to assist employers with establishing caregiver-friendly workplace environments.
- State & Local Caregiving Coalitions The Alliance continues to weave together and strengthen the more than 90 state and local caregiving coalitions across the country into a strong advocacy network to help move forward state and federal healthcare policy. Our work includes an annual National Conference for Caregiving Coalitions and ongoing online support through webinars. We also support a Caregiving Advocacy listserve of over 2,200 caregiving advocates and aging professionals, as well as a presence on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
- International Work This year, the Alliance will host the second annual meeting of the International Alliance of Carer Organizations in Helsinki, Finland. The purpose of IACO is to build a dynamic network of global caregiver support organizations. Many countries were present at the inaugural meeting in 2013, including: Ireland, United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand.