RESEARCH

Our mission is to be an objective national resource on family caregiving with the goal of improving the quality of life for families and care recipients.  To that end, the National Alliance for Caregiving has been a leader in research on family caregiving since 1996.

We recognize that the more than 66 million family caregivers in the U.S. – nearly 40% of the U.S. adult population – provide important societal and financial contributions toward maintaining the well-being of those they care for. Through national surveys, our research identifies important new trends and sheds light on the varying needs of this huge and diverse group.

Areas of Research

Caregiving in the U.S. & General Caregiving
A global look at family caregiving across the United States, with companion reports on the following topics: caring for adults over age 50, children with special needs, young adults 18 – 49, and ethnicity of caregivers.

Condition-Specific Research
Caregiving research that focuses on specific disease states, including Alzheimer’s and related dementia and Multiple Sclerosis.

Special Populations
Research which looks at groups of caregivers by population, such as caregivers for Veterans, Hispanic caregivers, gender and caregiving, and children as caregivers.

Impact and Costs of Caregiving
These studies examine the impact of caregiving on the caregiver’s health, the financial costs of providing care, and the financial contribution of caregivers.

Caregiving and Technology
This work looks at how technology can lessen caregiver burden and better connect family caregivers to the healthcare teams that care for their loved ones.

Other Research