n4a President Will Represent the Interests of
Area Agencies on Aging on Family Caregiving Advisory Council

For Immediate Release
August 18, 2019
Contact: Joellen Leavelle, jleavelle@n4a.org and (202) 872-0888

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is pleased to announce that its president, Deborah Stone-Walls, has been appointed to the Family Caregiving Advisory Council. Established by the 2018 RAISE Family Caregiver Act, the Family Caregiving Advisory Council will make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on effective models of family caregiving and ways to better support family caregivers. The Council will also recommend ways to improve coordination among the federal government agencies that play a role in caregiving.

“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to assist with shaping a national family caregiver strategy as a part of the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council,” said Stone-Walls. “Area Agencies on Aging have long appreciated the unique role of family caregivers and the countless ways they enrich the lives of those for whom they care. I look forward to representing the AAA network and helping to ensure that the focus on caregivers that is embedded in the everyday work of AAAs is recognized through the work of this Council. As Executive on Aging for the Maui County Office on Aging, I know how important it is that family caregivers have access to and understand the local, community-based services and supports that can help meet their needs and the needs of their loved ones.”
There are an estimated 43.5 million caregivers in the United States, all of whom play a central role in ensuring that the needs of their family, friends and others are met. Whether they help schedule medical appointments, arrange transportation, cook meals, serve as advocates and support systems during medical challenges, the roles family caregivers play are critical and essential to ensuring that the vast majority of older adults are able to live independently in their homes and communities. n4a members support caregivers across the country by providing vital connections to information, tools, respite, support groups, and other services that help caregivers manage their caregiving responsibilities.
The 2018 RAISE Family Caregivers Act required that the Department of Health and Human Services create the Family Caregiving Advisory Council to address the reality that caregivers are an important part of what it means to for older adults to age with dignity and independence in their communities. The creation of the Family Caregiving Advisory Council and the 2018 RAISE Family Caregivers Act represent a recognition of the growing role family caregivers play in helping the nation’s growing number of older adults stay healthy in their homes and communities. The first meeting of the Council will take place in Washington, DC August 28-29.
“We’re thrilled that Deb has been appointed to play such an important role in ensuring that the evolving needs of family caregivers are met,” said n4a CEO Sandy Markwood. “As the roles of family caregivers continue to grow and change over time as the nation’s population of older adults continues to experience rapid growth, it is critical that our nation supports the needs of caregivers in communities around the country.”

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