NSU Caregiver Alliance Program

“Caring for those who care.”

Are you one of the estimated 34 million U.S. citizens who is an unpaid caregiver for a loved one?

The NSU Wellness Program introduces a new monthly brown bag lunch program for NSU employees who are primary caregivers for spouses, parents, and other loved ones. We’ll meet once a month to connect with fellow caregivers and give and receive needed support. Each month we’ll also have a guest expert from within or outside the NSU community present topics related to taking care of our loved ones and ourselves.

When: 2nd Wednesdays of month
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm (bring your brown bag lunch)
Where: NSU GREAT GEC conference room
University Park Plaza
3446 S University Drive
Davie, Florida 33328
  • NSU shuttle bus can bring you here
Contact: Michelle Gagnon Blodgett, Psy.D. @
gagnonmi@nova.edu --OR-- (954) 262-5611

Bring along your lunch and join us for an hour of support and information. Check often for schedule updates.


Caregiving in the U.S. – A Few Facts

  1. More than 34 million unpaid caregivers provide care to someone age 18 and older who is ill or has a disability (AARP, 2008).
  2. An estimated 21% of households in the United States are impacted by caregiving responsibilities (NAC, 2004).
  3. Caregivers report having difficulty finding time for one’s self (35%), managing emotional and physical stress (29%), and balancing work and family responsibilities (29%) (NAC, 2004).
  4. Caregivers said they do not go to the doctor because they put their family’s needs first (67% said that is a major reason), or they put the care recipient’s needs over their own (57%). More than half (51%) said they do not have time to take care of themselves and almost half (49%) said they are too tired to do so (NAC, 2004).