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International Alliance of Carer Organizations Annual Meeting — June 4, 2014

IACO held its 2014 Annual Meeting in Helsinki, Finland on June 4, 2014. Eurocarers held its Annual Meeting also in Helsinki on June 5 and 6, 2014.

For additional information and/or to join IACO, please contact Rick Greene at rickgreene@caregiving.org.

The International Alliance of Carer Organizations met at the beginning of June in Helsinki, Finland, for its second annual meeting, preceding the Eurocarers meeting. With representatives from Sweden, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Australia, and the United States, the members of the international coalition shared best practices for caring and caregiving in their respective countries.

The meeting was made possible through generous funding from BUPA Australia, Right at Home International, and Novartis.


International Alliance of Carer Organizations (IACO) Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural meeting of the International Alliance of Carer Organizations took place on May 22 in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting was a great success with presentations on family carers in attendee countries as well as discussion on future projects for IACO. Member countries from the United States, Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand took part in the discussion. There were also interesting speakers, including a keynote from Saul Becker, the Head of School and Professor of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Nottingham. His presentation on the International Perspectives on Younger Carers provided great insight to the challenges of young caregivers. The meeting produced many next steps that we look forward to pursing in the coming months.

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IACO members at the inaugural meeting, May 22, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland

IACO was incorporated in 2012 and is currently in the process of gaining non-profit recognition. The organization is building a strong network of carer organizations across nations to share ideas, programs and research that can bring visibility and support to family caregivers around the globe. The mission of the organization is three-fold:

  • to increase visibility of family caregiving across the lifespan as an international issue;
  • to promote the sharing of best practices in caregiving programs between countries; and
  • to encourage and provide assistance to countries interested in developing family carer organizations.

Full members of IACO represent carer organizations across the world. To view the complete list click here.

IACO's first associate member, Eli Lilly, has supplied the necessary funding to support our first meeting as well as support for IACO in its first year.