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Family Caregivers: The Backbone of Our Eldercare System

Brief
January 1, 2017

This brief provides statistics about the state of family caregivers in the United States. Additionally, it argues that the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) supports development of a better healthcare workforce for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care, maximizing older adult and family caregiver, and transforming the health care system.

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Key Takeaways

A family-centered care delivery system that addresses family caregiver needs and integrates their roles is vital.
The GWEP supports development of a better workforce for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care.
The RAISE Family Caregivers Act directs HHS to develop a national strategy to support family caregivers.
 
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