November is National Family Caregivers Month!

By: John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network

November is National Family Caregivers Month and this year’s theme this is Family Caregivers – Now More Than Ever!

Each year, more and more Americans are caring for a loved one with a chronic condition, disability, or the frailties of old age.  There are as many as 90 million family caregivers in the U.S. today.  And family caregivers, in turn, rely on help from volunteers – friends, neighbors, others in the community – with any number of the many tasks that go along with caregiving.

  • Wounded veterans require family caregivers, tooAs many as 1 million Americans are caring in their homes for service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who are suffering from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other wounds and illnesses.
  • And it’s not just women doing the caregivingMen are now almost as likely to say they are family caregivers as women are (37% of men; 40% of women). And 36% of younger Americans between ages 18 and 29 are family caregivers as well, including 1 million young people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.
  • Family caregiving is serious workAlmost half of family caregivers perform complex medical/nursing tasks for their loved ones – such as managing multiple medications, providing wound care, and operating specialized medical equipment.

With the ranks of family caregivers growing every year, we recognize the importance to the Nation of the role that family caregivers play Now More Than Ever!  And we recognize, too, the millions of volunteers who selflessly help family caregivers in countless ways each and every day!

If you or someone you know is a family caregiver, the Caregiver Action Network provides free educational resources at to help with the many responsibilities that caregivers face.  And CAN’s Lotsa Helping Hands Community can help bring caregivers and volunteers together to help with caregiving tasks.