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The National Family Caregiver Support Program 10th Anniversary Celebration

On November 17, 2010, the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) launched “The Year of the Family Caregiver,” a yearlong celebration to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the National Family Caregiver Support Program. This celebration afforded AoA and the Aging Network the opportunity to shine a spotlight the important role of family caregivers in our society and look ahead to the next 10 years of family caregiver support. The 10th Anniversary Celebration held in Washington, D.C. provided a backdrop for the Aging Network, national organizations and associations and other partners to recognize and show appreciation for America’s family caregivers and to celebrate the tremendous achievements in developing family caregiver support programs in states and communities nationwide.

To support these activities, AoA commissioned the development of a web site which contained materials, videos and other tools and resources designed to showcase program achievements and the personal stories of family caregivers touched by the program. Please click on the links below to view archived video testimonials of family caregivers served by the National Family Caregiver Support Program.

Video Testimonials

Labors of Love – This video, created especially for the 10th Anniversary Celebration, highlights the Aging Network’s ten years of success in implementing the National Family Caregiver Support Program. You’ll hear first hand from family caregivers touched by the program as well as a personal message from Assistant Secretary for Aging, Kathy Greenlee.

Maureen – Hear a daughter’s perspectives on the challenges of caring for her mom and how the services provided by the NFCSP allowed her the emotional freedom to receive respite and improved her quality of life as well as for her mother.

Fred and Kay – In this video, a husband and wife shares their advice for family caregivers and how accessing the services available through the NFCSP enabled them to better manage this phase of their lives.

Carolyn – Here, a grandmother of 39 grandchildren shares how she is caring for several of her grandchildren so their parents can further their educations and careers. Hear how the NFCSP is helping her along the way.

Christine – Grandparents are often called upon to become full-time permanent parents to their grandchildren. In this video, Mrs. Holland shares the challenges and rewards of raising her granddaughter and the importance of reaching out for support from community-based programs as well as other grandparents like herself.