VA, NCOA Partnership Offers Practical Support to Families Caring for Veterans
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VA, NCOA Partnership Offers Practical Support to Families Caring for Veterans


April 2, 2014

Media Contact
Jean Van Ryzin

Washington, DC – The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) have partnered to offer a unique online workshop for family members who are caring for our nation’s veterans.

Building Better Caregivers™ supports families caring for veterans with dementia, memory problems, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other serious injuries or illnesses. The program aims to reach thousands of caregivers in all 50 states.

“VA is committed to providing caregivers with the support they need to help those who live with scars borne in battle in defense of our nation’s freedom,” said National Director of the VA Caregiver Support Program Laura Taylor. “We are especially pleased to be working with the National Council on Aging, which has worked with multiple generations of veterans and is uniquely qualified to provide this support to caregivers of veterans from all eras.”

Building Better Caregivers™ is a six-week, highly interactive online workshop where 20-25 family caregivers gather to learn time and stress management, healthy eating, exercise, and how to deal with difficult emotions. Participants log on two to three times each week to review lessons, share ideas with other caregivers, and access tools to make caregiving easier. Developed at Stanford University, the program has been recognized for its ability to reduce caregiver stress and depression, especially among working caregivers.

“NCOA is proud to serve our nation’s veterans and their caregivers by providing this evidence-based program,” said James Firman, NCOA president and CEO. “Caregivers play a critical, and often overlooked, role in keeping our veterans healthy. This program gives them the tools they need to succeed. ”
Caregivers of veterans who currently receive health care from VA and are interested in participating in Building Better Caregivers™ should contact their local Caregiver Support Coordinator (CSC), available at every VA Medical Center. Caregivers also can locate their CSC by visiting and entering their zip code.


About NCOA  The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit service and advocacy organization representing older adults and the community organizations that serve them. Our goal is to improve the health, independence, and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. For more than 60 years, NCOA has been a trusted voice and innovative problem-solver helping seniors navigate the challenges of aging in America. We work with local and national partners to give older adults tools and information to stay healthy and secure, and we advocate for programs and policies to improve the lives of all seniors, especially the most vulnerable. For more information, please visit

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