The American Association for Caregiver Education
To listen to caregivers, understand their needs, and provide solutions.
To proactively engage family caregivers at all levels to hear their stories.
To apply research, education, wisdom, and lessons learned to better understand core, emerging and future family caregiver concerns
To design, develop, and deploy innovative, sustainable family caregiver teaching and training solutions for professionals, students, and providers.
To create a focused resource hub for non-clinical family caregivers to better understand the spectrum of demands in long-term care.
To add to the body of non-clinical family caregiving knowledge through ongoing research.
The American Association for Caregiver Education (AACE) was founded in 1998 by a group of social service and healthcare professionals knowledgeable in all aspects of the family caregiver experience. They recognized that family caregiving could occur at any time and in any combination of people, regardless of age, gender, relationship, or illness. They also understood that family caregiving was 15% clinical and 85% practical problem solving.
In a short time, AACE founders realized that non-clinical family caregiver education has not been the focus or an expertise inside of any medical, nursing, or social work curriculum. In response to this critical need, AACE assembled a more diverse team of family caregiver experts whose formal training including elder and disability issues, special needs, family law, software technology, longevity and chronic need financial planning, and educational development. This team works together to research, evaluate, and collaborate on new thinking for the “invisible” family caregiver striving to succeed in a world of clinical care.