FCA applauds Senate passage of the Older Americans Act

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FCA applauds the Senate passage of the Older Americans Act that reaffirms the need for supporting older adults and their family caregivers. With the shifting demographics across the country and the growing need to support the 40 million unpaid caregivers that contribute an estimated 37 billion hours of care, the Older Americans Act contains vital services and support to those family members, neighbors, and friends who form the community network of care to enable older adults to remain in the community. As the National Family Caregiver Support Program is the only federally funded program for all American families facing care of older adults in their homes, many states rely on these funds to support the core services of information, referral to community resources, respite, and training for unpaid caregivers.

─ Kathleen Kelly, executive director
Family Caregiver Alliance
National Center on Caregiving

Friday, July 17, 2015