FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2007
MEDIA CONTACT: Bonnie Lawrence
(415) 434-3388, Ext. 312
blawrence at caregiver dot org
FCA Honors National Family Caregivers Month
With Release of Proceedings From National Conference: "Family Caregiving: State of the Art, Future Trends"
The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance has released Proceedings from its March 2007 national conference, "Family Caregiving: State of the Art, Future Trends." The conference was convened in Chicago by FCA in partnership with the American Society on Aging.
In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, the complete conference proceedings are now available on the FCA website at: http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=2043. There is no charge to access the proceedings, which detail the wide-ranging presentations and summarize trends, policy issues and progress in the field.
At the conference, experts from research, policy and practice considered critical questions in long-term caregiving: What is different now than in the past? How can we address the key challenges for family care in the decades ahead?
Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director of Family Caregiver Alliance, said, “Although the surrounding circumstances have changed in the 21st Century, family and friends remain the primary source of care and support for the increasing number of adults with chronic illnesses or disabilities in the U.S.
“As the complex issues of long-term care have become more prominent in national healthcare discussions, and as the 78 million Baby Boomers become deeply engaged in caregiving roles, we convened the conference as a way to offer fresh perspectives on cutting edge research, explore effective service interventions and identify emerging issues that will profoundly affect family caregivers and those they care for.”
The Proceedings, which cover both plenary sessions and workshop panel presentations, conclude with a summary of recommendations put forth in the various sessions.
The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, The U.S. Administration on Aging, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and The Caregivers Initiative, Johnson & Johnson, provided essential support.
Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Family Caregiver Alliance is the oldest and largest community-based organization in the US devoted solely to caregivers. FCA unites research, policy and practice to support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance was established in 2001 to advance the development of high-quality, cost effective programs and policies for caregivers in every state in the country. Visit www.caregiver.org for more information.
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