A Presidential Proclamation - National Family Caregivers Month, November 2014

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Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our country, parents and children, siblings and spouses, friends and neighbors heroically give of themselves to support those in their lives affected by illness, injury, or disability. During National Family Caregivers Month, we salute the people who play difficult and exhausting roles, and we recommit to lifting up these Americans as they care for their loved ones while protecting their dignity and individuality.

In the United States, more than 60 million caregivers provide invaluable strength and assistance to their family members, and as the number of older Americans rises, so will the number of caregivers. Many of these dedicated people work full time and raise children of their own while also caring for the needs of their loved ones. Caregivers support the independence of their family members and enable them to more fully participate in their communities, and as a Nation, we have an obligation to empower these selfless individuals.

My Administration continues to work to improve many of the resources on which caregivers depend. The Affordable Care Act invested in programs that expand home and community-based services. To lift up a new generation of service members -- our 9/11 Generation -- we are fighting to ensure those who care for them have access to the support they need, including financial assistance, comprehensive caregiver training, mental health services and counseling, and respite care. Many caregivers rely on workplace flexibility and reasonable accommodations, and this year my Administration held the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families to develop a comprehensive agenda that ensures hard-working Americans do not have to choose between being productive employees and responsible family members. And next year, we will host the White House Conference on Aging, which will focus on the needs of older Americans and those who care for them.

Not only this month, but every month, let us work alongside our Nation's caregivers and make certain they are able to provide the best possible care for their loved ones for as long as necessary. Together, we recognize those who place service above self, including the women and men looking after our veterans. By offering them the same comfort, social engagement, and stability they bring to others, may we remind them that they are not alone.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2014 as National Family Caregivers Month. I encourage all Americans to pay tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends, and neighbors.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.



Care Comes Home

Your loved one’s care does not always take place in hospitals, or nursing homes, or doctors' offices, or medical clinics. Most care actually occurs in the home – and that’s a good thing. People are healthier at home and health care costs are reduced. Family caregivers have the best interests of their loved ones at heart. But caregiving at home can take its toll and it certainly takes a lot of planning. The Nation’s 90 million family caregivers are front and center in providing care every day – enabling their loved ones to stay at home longer where they are happier and healthier.

November is National Family Caregiver Month. With an estimated 10,000 people turning 65 each day,1 the need for family caregivers has grown in the past few years. Caregiving can be challenging work, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the hard work you do every day.9

Caregiver Statistics

  • 90% of adults over the age of 65 would rather stay at home as they age2
  • 65% of aging adults rely on family and friends for their care3
  • 39% of adults in the United States are family caregivers4
  • Nearly half of family caregivers perform medical and nursing tasks in the home5
  • 37% of men and 40% of women are family caregivers2
  • Nearly 2/3 of family caregivers are employed full or part-time6

  • Read more caregiver stats

Falls in the Home Statistics

  • 1/3 of adults over the age of 65 fall each year7
  • There are 2.1 million of adults 65 and older being treated in the emergency room due to fall related injuries each year7
  • More than 2/3 of all emergency room visits in 2011 were from injuries in or near the shower or bathtub8

References: 1. Baby Boomers Retire. Pew Research Center. http://www.pewresearch.org/daily-number/baby-boomers-retire/. Published December 29, 2010. Accessed October 29, 2014. 2. NCF Month 2014. Caregiver Action Network. http://nfca.typepad.com/nfc_month_2014/. Accessed October 29, 2014. 3. Women and Caregiving: Facts and Figures. Family Caregiver Alliance. https://caregiver.org/women-and-caregiving-facts-and-figures. Published December 31, 2003. Accessed October 23, 2014. 4. Family Caregivers are Wired for Health. Pew Research Center. http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/06/20/family-caregivers-are-wired-for-health/. Published June 20, 2013. Accessed October 17, 2014. 5. New Report Finds Almost Half of Family Caregivers Perform Medical and Nursing Tasks. http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/press-center/info-10-2012/New-Report-Finds-Almost-Half-of-Family-Caregivers-Perform-Medical-and-Nursing-Tasks.html. Published October 1, 2012. Accessed October 17, 2014. 6. Who are Family Caregivers? American Physiological Association. http://www.apa.org/pi/about/publications/caregivers/faq/statistics.aspx. Accessed October 29, 2014. 7. Preventing Falls in the Elderly. AARP Health tools http://healthtools.aarp.org/health/senior-health-risks. Published Sep 21, 2010. Accessed October 9, 2014. 8. Bakalar, N. Watch Your Step While Washing Up. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/health/research/16stats.html. Published August 15, 2011. Accessed October 14, 2014. 9. http://nfca.typepad.com/nfc_month_2014/