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November 1, 2011

Contact: Carl Graziano
Vice President, Strategic Communications
(202) 737-5781

Care Continuum Alliance Supports National Family Caregivers Month 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Care Continuum Alliance and numerous other national organizations, major corporations and community-based groups nationwide will celebrate National Family Caregivers Month (NFC Month) in November to thank and support the nation's more than 65 million family caregivers.

According to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), the care provided by family, friends, partners and neighbors for older adults exceeds an annual value of $375 billion and represents more than 80 percent of all home care services. Of today's family caregivers, 40 percent provide some level of nursing support.

"The Care Continuum Alliance recognizes and honors the role family caregivers play in our health care system, particularly for the care of the chronically ill, disabled and others who cannot care for themselves," Care Continuum Alliance President and CEO Tracey Moorhead said. "Given the nation's need to reduce health care spending, family caregivers make an enormous contribution through their largely uncompensated efforts."

NFC Month is organized each year by the National Family Caregivers Association, a grassroots organization whose mission is to improve the overall quality of life of family caregivers and their loved ones.

"This year we are encouraging people to speak up during NFC month," said Suzanne Mintz, NFCA president and CEO. "One of the most important attributes on being an advocate for your loved one is the willingness and the ability to speak up and keep your eye on the ultimate goal: protecting not only the health and safety of your loved ones, but of yourself as well."

To learn more about NFC Month, contact the NFCA at (800) 896-3650 or visit www.thefamilycaregiver.org.

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