National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month

Caregiver Action Network (the National Family Caregivers Association) began promoting national recognition of family caregivers in 1994. President Clinton signed the first NFC Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997 and every president since has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November.

Visit our Adult and Elder Care page for more resources
and our Caregiver Support and Education page for campus events.

National Family Caregivers Month focuses on the challenges facing family caregivers. Family caregivers provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis. While some family caregivers provide 24/7 care for loved ones who require assistance for all daily living activities, others may provide care on a part-time basis. Family caregiving can extend for a few years or a lifetime.

To honor, support and assist the job of the caregiver, please explore resources from the Caregiver Action Network:

Family Caregiver Forum

Family Caregiver Toolbox 

Caregiver Video Resource Center (Alzheimer's Focus)

The Business Case for Caregiver Resources

Over 22 million Americans are working family caregivers...that is one out of every five workers. The costs of caregiving to business and industry exceed over $50 billion annually. Costs attributable to working employee caregivers include:

  • Higher employer-related health care costs, estimated to be $13.4 billion per year to U.S. employers

    • 8% more for caregiving employees overall

    • 11% more for blue-collar caregivers

    • 18% more for male caregivers

  • Expense of recruiting and retraining new employees to replace caregiving employees, estimated to be $6.6 billion

  • Productivity costs primarily due to

    • absenteeism ($5.1 billion)

    • shifts from full-time to part-time work ($4.8 billion)

    • workday interruptions ($6.3 billion)