November Is National Family Caregivers Month

November 5, 2021

National Family Caregivers Month is celebrated every November to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. The annual observance helps to raise awareness of family caregiver issues, celebrate the efforts of family caregivers, educate family caregivers about self-identification, and increase support for family caregivers.

Caregiver Action Network spearheads the national celebration each year. The organization makes materials available for general use, including the theme, a media kit, posters and sample proclamations. Visit the Caregiver Action Network website to access the materials.

This year's theme is "Celebrate the Passions That Enrich Your Life" (#CaregiverAnd), which encourages family caregivers to celebrate the identities and passions that enrich their life. Being a family caregiver is incredibly important, but it is critical that caregivers not lose sight of who they are. Far too often their role as a family caregiver overshadows their identity and emphasizes the care they provide for their loved one. Their sense of self makes their life complete. This is an essential component of self-care that ultimately can prevent caregiver burnout and depression. #CaregiverAnd shifts that focus by highlighting the other roles, activities and passions that make up their life.

Caregiver Action Network began promoting the national recognition of family caregivers in 1994. President Clinton signed the first National Family Caregivers Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997, and every president since then has followed suit by issuing an annual proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers in November. Read President Biden's 2021 proclamation.

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