The Caregiving Champions program seeks to recognize leaders who have raised awareness of the issues facing family caregivers in our society. In general, Champions have incorporated family caregivers into their work on healthcare, healthcare reform, disability, aging, and long-term care issues.
Congressional Stories of Family Caregiving: Challenges, Rewards, and a Call to Action
On November 7, 2017, for National Family Caregiver Month, six members of the U.S. House of Representatives stepped away from busy schedules of attending hearings and crafting legislation to share deeply personal stories of their experiences with family caregiving. In addition to being legislators, they are daughters, sons, and spouses who have faced the immense challenges and invaluable rewards of caregiving. As such, they join the more than 34 million Americans counted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute who care for a loved one 50 years or older. The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) hosted Congressional Stories of Family Caregiving with the support of The John A. Hartford Foundation and in partnership with AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the National Alliance for Caregiving.