Family Caregivers Month Quiz

November is Family Caregivers Month. Sponsored each year by the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), National Family Caregivers Month focuses on the challenges facing those who care for loved ones.

Family caregivers provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services to senior and disabled loved ones. Some family caregivers serve on a part-time basis, while others provide 24/7 care for loved ones who require assistance for all daily living activities. Family caregiving can extend for a few years or a lifetime.

How much do you know about family caregivers today? Take this quiz to learn more about the millions of Americans who are caring for loved ones who are frail, chronically ill or disabled. (Answers at bottom.)

1. How many people are currently caring for an elderly or disabled loved one?

a. 11 million

b. 27 million

c. 65 million

2. Who said "There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers; those who are currently caregivers; those who will be caregivers; those who will need caregivers"?

a. Rosalynn Carter

b. Mother Theresa

c. Sandra Day O’Connor

3. Serving as a family caregiver can have a negative impact on a person's…

a. Health

b. Emotional state

c. Career

d. All of the above

4. What is the term for the adults who are raising children under 18 while providing care for an elderly parent?

a. "The Sandwich Generation"

b. "Dual Responsibles”

c. "Double Duty Caregivers"

5. Respite care, which provides a temporary break for caregivers…

a. Isn't a good idea because it upsets the routine

b. Can be provided in the home

c. May be a short-term onsite program at a nursing home

d. Both B & C

6. What percentage of family caregivers are women?

a. 44

b. 66

c. 89

d. 99

7. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 allows employees of larger companies to take a 12 week leave if they…

a. Experience an illness

b. Give birth to or adopt a baby

c. Provide care for an ill spouse or parent

d. All of the above

8. The annual dollar value of the services provided by family caregivers is estimated to be…

a.) $800 million

b.) $25 billion

c.) $375 billion

9. The best way to be a good caregiver is…

a. To sacrifice everything for the loved one's needs

b. To be sure the caregiver's needs are also met

c. To graciously turn down offers of help

10. Help for family caregivers is available through...

a. State and federal programs

b. Volunteer groups

c. Home care agencies

d. All of the above

Answers to "Family Caregiver Trivia Quiz":

1. C; 2. A; 3. D; 4.A; 5. D; 6. B; 7.D; 8.C; 9.B; 10. D