Healthy Aging


Empowered People

Empowered People

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Empowered People. Families are the primary providers of long-term care for older adults in the United States. The National Alliance for Caregivers reports more than 44 million individuals are considered informal caregivers, providing unpaid help to those who live in the community and have at least one limitation in their activities of daily living. The contributions of caregivers remain largely unrecognized in discussions of financing and costs of healthcare and long-term services and supports, while their efforts are a critical extension of our formal healthcare system.


The following materials are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the National Prevention Strategy to improve health outcomes for older adults by promoting empowered people.

World Alzheimer Report 2013 Journey of Caring: An Analysis of Long-Term Care for Dementia
Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI)
This report is themed around long-term care, and provides information for aiding all stakeholders in the long journey of dementia care. The report includes information on the cost and effectiveness of care and makes important recommendations that should be the fundamental drivers of long-term care policy in dementia.

Supporting Family Caregivers Through Title III of the OAA
Administration on Aging (AoA)
This brief presents findings from a national survey of the Older Americans Act (OAA) program participants, focused on the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP). The NFCSP provides caregivers with services and resources; training, education, counseling, and support groups; respite care; and supplemental goods and services.

California: The Dementia Care Network Model: Enhancing Caregiving for Persons with Alzheimer’s and other Dementias in Culturally Diverse Groups
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
This case study discusses the Dementia Care Network Model, which has demonstrated enhanced dementia care service capacity and contributed to alleviating the psychological, emotional, and financial stress associated with caregiving. 

Georgia: Empowering Caregivers and Care Receivers with BRI Care Consultation
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
This case study discusses the collaboration between The Atlanta Regional Commission and regional Area Agencies on Aging to help clients prepare for change and plan for the future with Benjamin Rose Institute Care Consultation, an evidence-based telephonic intervention.

Maine: Improving Dementia Care through the Savvy Caregiver Program
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
This case study highlights the Savvy Caregiver Program, an evidence-based program to support family caregivers. Maine's Office of Aging and Disability Services pursued the implementation and has evolved since its launch in 2008.

Program and Policy Considerations for Supporting Caregivers
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
This issue brief provides recommendations for caregiver support based on interviews with state agencies and community-based organizations.

Assuring Healthy Caregivers, A Public Health Approach to Translating Research into Practice: The RE-AIM Framework
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The report presents key questions and methods to help program developers, planners, and evaluators use the RE-AIM Framework in their work on caregiving. Case examples are offered in which the framework is applied to a caregiver intervention program and a policy intervention; and additional resources to pursue the use of RE-AIM for caregiver supports programs and policies are recommended.

2012 National Study of Employers
Families and Work Institute
This study reports on the practices, policies, programs, and benefits provided by U.S. employers to address the changing needs of today's workforce in the workplace.

The State of Grandfamilies in America: 2014
Generations United
This publication illuminates the challenges grandfamilies face and the incredible service they provide our country. The report offers recommendations to help guide the development of supportive policies and services for grandfamilies, including making family care a priority, empowering children, youth, and caregivers to advocate for themselves, and preparing caregivers to meet the specific needs of children and youth in their care.

The MetLife Caregiving Cost Study: Productivity Losses to U.S. Business
The MetLife Mature Market Institute and National Alliance for Caregiving
This study was conducted to produce an estimate of the productivity losses to U.S. businesses arising from employees who must make workplace accommodations as an outcome of caregiving responsibilities. These include costs associated with replacing employees, absenteeism, crisis in care, workday interruptions, supervisory time, unpaid leave, and reducing hours from full- to part-time.

Best Practices in Workplace: Eldercare
National Alliance for Caregiving
This study identifies current trends and innovations in workplace policies and practices that support employees with eldercare responsibilities.

Caregiving in the U.S. 2009
National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP
This study presents a portrait of family caregivers in 2009, and compares it to a portrait of caregivers in the past. It inquired about certain core elements of caregiving situations, while also exploring new areas.

Employer Resource Guide: Four Steps for Supporting Employees with Caregiving Responsibilities
ReACT (Respect A Caregiver's Time) in partnership with AARP and National Alliance for Caregiving
This resource guide assists front-line managers and human resources executives in taking action to support their employee caregivers. It provides an understanding for the first steps to take when helping support caregiving employees with tips for taking actions and links to relevant research and resources.

Easing the Burden of Caregiving: The Impact of Consumer Direction on Primary Informal Caregivers in Arkansas
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This study assesses the effect of consumer-directed care on the emotional, physical, and financial well-being of the primary caregivers of the Medicaid beneficiaries who voluntarily joined Arkansas's Cash and Counseling demonstration.


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