Family Caregiving

The need for family caregivers in the U.S. is rapidly increasing, yet demographic shifts are causing the pool of potential family caregivers to decrease. Currently, nearly 18 million people in this country provide some form of care for loved ones age 65 or older.

Capitol Hill Briefing and Proceedings Paper

"Congressional Stories of Family Caregiving: Challenges, Rewards, and a Call to Action" is a proceedings paper from a GSA-hosted briefing on Capitol Hill. GSA invited these legislators to share their personal stories of family caregiving to illustrate that the caregiving experience and the challenges that accompany it are shared by Americans of all levels of income, employment, and education. The briefing was supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and partners were AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the National Alliance for Caregiving. This paper includes recommendations from the "Families Caring for an Aging America" report below as well as caregiving-relevant legislation.

"Families Caring for an Aging America" Report

With support from 15 sponsors, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert committee to examine what is known about the nation’s family caregivers of older adults and to recommend policies to address their needs and help to minimize the barriers they encounter in acting on behalf of an older adult.

The resulting report, "Families Caring for an Aging America," provides an overview of the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults as well as its personal impact on caregivers’ health, economic security, and overall well-being. It also examines the available evidence on the effectiveness of programs and interventions designed to support family caregivers. The report concludes with recommendations for developing a national strategy to effectively engage and support them.

Other Resources

Report Committee Members

(* denotes GSA member)

Richard Schulz* (Chair), Director, University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh

Maria P. Aranda*, Associate Professor, University of Southern California School of Social Work

Susan Beane, Vice President and Medical Director, Healthfirst Inc.

Sara Czaja*, Leonard M. Miller Professor and Scientific Director, Center on Aging, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Brian Duke, System Director, Senior Services, Main Line Health

Judy Feder, Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Lynn Friss Feinberg*, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute

Laura N. Gitlin*, Director and Professor, Center for Innovative Care in Aging, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Lisa Gwyther*, Director, Duke Family Support Program; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University

Roger Herdman, Retired


Ladson Hinton, Geriatric Psychiatrist and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis

Peter Kemper*, Professor Emeritus, Health Policy and Administration; Demography, Pennsylvania State University

Linda Nichols*, Co-Director, Caregiver Center, Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Professor, Preventive and Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Carol Rodat, New York Policy Director, PHI, Inc.

Charles Sabatino*, Director, Commission on Law and Aging, American Bar Association

Karen Schumacher*, Professor, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Alan Stevens*, Director, Center for Applied Health Research Program on Aging and Care, Baylor Scott & White Health

Donna Wagner*, Dean, College of Health and Social Services, New Mexico State University

Jennifer Wolff*, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University



GSA’s work to amplify and move the report recommendations toward implementation are funded in part through a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation.

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