An estimated 21 percent of households in the United States are impacted by caregiving responsibilities.
83 percent are family caregivers—unpaid persons such as family members, friends, and neighbors — who are providing care for a relative.
In Tennessee, there are more than 600,000 family caregivers.
In 2013, 15.5 million family and friends provided 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The average number of hours family caregivers spend caring for their loved ones is 20 hours per week, while 13 percent of family caregivers are providing 40 hours of care a week or more.
35 percent of caregivers report having difficulty finding time for themselves; 29 percent report trouble managing emotional and physical stress, and 29 percent report difficulty balancing work and family responsibilities.
67 percent of caregivers say they do not go to the doctor because they put their family’s needs first, and more than half say they do not have time to take care of themselves or are too tired to do so..
About 30 percent say they need help keeping the person they care for safe.