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National Family Caregivers Month 2020

Thank you Caregivers!

National Family Caregivers Month (Caregiver Appreciation Month) is a month-long tribute to recognize those individuals providing caregiving support to a family member or loved one.

Each year, in November, we take time to recognize and give praise and support to the 78 million people who dedicate their time, often unpaid, caring for a family member in need.

National Family Caregivers Month Theme 2020

Caregiving in Crisis


This year, during National Family Caregivers Month, we address the new realities family caregivers face with their loved ones during these uncertain times. We bring attention to Caregiving in Crisis.

Family caregivers manage health emergencies, juggle priorities, and suffer isolation – and all that was before COVID. The pandemic brings even more challenges as family caregivers handle Caregiving in Crisis. Here are just some examples:

  • Video appointments are great, but they come with their own challenges.
  • It was hard enough to cover dad’s added costs and now I’m on unemployment.
  • I want to keep grandma at home and out of the nursing home.
  • It’s just so hard not to be with mom and she’s worse because of it.
  • With COVID, how much risk is too much?

Caregiver Action Network

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN is a program of the National Family Caregivers Association, a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country, free of charge.

National recognition of family caregivers came to the public eye because of the Caregiver Action Network in 1994. Not long after, President Clinton signed the first National Family Caregiver Month proclamation in 1997 and since, November has been devoted to honoring family caregivers. The theme is chosen by CAN each year, and throughout the month of November, there are events and awareness campaigns surrounding caregivers and the work they do. This month honors the family caregivers, who are unpaid and give their time, energy, and hearts to their care recipients.

About the Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Council is a federally funded state agency that promotes integration, inclusion and independence for Arkansans with developmental disabilities. Council members are self-advocates, relatives and/or caregivers of individuals with DD, state agency directors, and representation from nonprofit and private organizations. The Council works to encourage self-advocacy; to remove barriers to information, services and support; to advocate for policy changes; to develop and support coalitions; and to educate community leaders. For more information about the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and its mission, browse more pages on this website, or call 501-682-2897. Follow the Council on Facebook and Twitter @gcddar. You can also find Arkansas GCDD on YouTube.