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Below You’ll Find Important Information For Your Loved Ones. Family Caregiver Facts and Stats

 

• 29% of households in the US provide care to an elderly person in a 12-month period National Alliance for Caregiving, AARP 2009

• 73% of workers report that they are currently providing or have recently provided care to someone over 18
National Alliance for Caregiving, AARP 2009

• 62% report having to rearrange work schedules, decrease their hours or had to take leave
MetLife, 2010

• An estimated 10.9 million family members and friends provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Providing 12.5 billion hours of care, representing an average of 21.9 hours per week.

• 21% of caregivers live in the same household as the person for whom they provide care
Alzheimer’s Association, 2010

• The value of those services provided by informal caregivers (family or friends of seriously ill loved ones) is estimated at $375 billion annually which is more than the total Medicaid spending
Public Policy Institute, National Alliance for Caregiving w/Evercare, 2009

Challenges:Caregiver Stress
• 14% of caregiversratethe physical strain of caregiving high
Caregiving in the US, 2009

• 31% rate the emotional stress of caregiving high
Caregiving in the US, 2009

• 23 % of family caregivers caring for five years or more reported their health is fair or poor
National Alliance for Caregiving, 2009

• Family caregivers experiencing extreme stress have been shown to age prematurely. This level of stress can take as much as 10 years off a family caregiver’s life

• More than 1 in 10 family caregivers report that caregiving has caused their physical health to deteriorate
Center on Aging. Washington, DC: Georgetown University.

• 40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression (approximately
a quarter to half of these caregivers meet the diagnostic criteria for major depression)

• Nearly three quarters of family caregivers report not going to the doctor as often as they should while 55% say they skip doctor appointments for themselves.

• 63% of caregivers report having poorer eating habits than noncaregivers.
National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare

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