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Monday, November 15, 2010

HHS Secretary Sebelius to Address National Caregiver Program Anniversary Event

Washington – On Wed., Nov. 17 at 9 a.m., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be joined by family caregivers and caregiver advocacy organizations to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the National Family Caregiver Support Program. The event will also be the launch of the Administration on Aging’s (AoA) “Year of the Family Caregiver” dedicated to highlighting the contributions and challenges of family caregivers across the lifespan.

WHO: Kathleen Sebelius, secretary, HHS
Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging, HHS
Christina Tchen, director, White House Office of Public
Jeanette C. Takamura, dean and professor, Columbia University
School of Social Work, and former assistant secretary for aging
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010
10 a.m. remarks
Event is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST
WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building Pavilion
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

In addition to honoring America’s nearly 66 million family caregivers, AoA will recognize the efforts of Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura under whose leadership the National Family Caregiver Support Program was established in 2000. The program was the federal government’s first formal recognition of the value family caregivers bring to society. Ten years after its creation, the program helps states and tribal organizations to support family caregivers and has made a lasting difference in lives of families across the United States. The Administration has requested a $102.5 million increase for a Caregiver Initiative in the FY 2011 budget that would increase support and services for caregivers and those individuals who receive care across the lifespan.