International Caregiving Policies,
Caregiving and Depression and
Paid Family and Medical Leave
Focus of Three New Reports
SAN FRANCISCO— October 23, 2003—Three new policy briefs from the National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance examine current critical caregiving issues and trends.
- The Road to Recognition: International Review of Public Policies to Support Family and Informal Caregiving discusses key policy issues and practices of family caregiver support in six countries, and illustrates where formal and informal systems of long-term care and caregiving intersect and where gaps and limitations remain. A detailed table compares policies in the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.
- Caregiver Depression, A Growing Mental Health Concern addresses the economic and health consequences of depression among family caregivers, discusses barriers to treatment and promising practices to alleviating symptoms, and suggests policies to support family caregivers.
- Paid Family and Medical Leave: Why We Need It, How We Can Get It describes how paid family and medical leave affects working caregivers and their employers, reviews the status of paid family leave legislation throughout the U.S., and makes recommendations for policies benefiting both working families and employers.
These briefs are available at no charge on the FCA website, www.caregiver.org. Order printed versions by sending $25 per title to FCA Publication Orders, 180 Montgomery St., Ste. 1100, San Francisco, CA 94104.
The policy briefs are funded by the Archstone Foundation, a private grantmaking organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. Their resources are used to help all generations plan for the aging process and support programs addressing the needs of the elderly in three areas: healthy aging and independence; quality of life within institutional settings; and issues at the end of life.
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance operates programs at the national, state and local levels to sustain and support the important work of families providing care to loved ones affected by chronic, disabling health conditions. Offering information, education, consultation and support, FCA and the National Center on Caregiving work to advance the development of caregiver support programs in every state in the country. For more information, call FCA at (800) 445-8106, or email [email protected].
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