approximately 80 percent
(Thompson, L., Long-term care: Support for family caregivers [Issue Brief]. Washington, DC: Georgetown University, 2004and Long-Term Care Financing Project, Long-term Care Users Range in Ageand Most Do Not Live in Nursing Homes. U.S. Agency for Healthcare Researchand Quality, November 8, 2000.)
The most common type of informal caregiving relationship is an adult child caring for anolder parent.●
1.4 million children
ages eight to 18 provide care for an adult relative;
are caring for a parent or grandparent.
(National Alliance for Caregiving and the United Hospital Fund, Young Caregivers in the U.S., 2005.)
The increasing number of older adults will put even more caregiving pressure on fewer middle generation adults.●As the baby boomers turn age 85 between 2030 and 2050, the age 85+population will skyrocket by another
(U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2008)
The current nursing home facilities are ill-equipped to handle the growing number of older adults and this population will be more dependent on family for care.●Current nursing home facilities are operating at an
(American Health Care Association, 2009).
We would rather ignore the statistics if we are not personally affected by them. But thetruth is, it’s happening sooner than we think,●First baby-boomers will turn 65 in
(Administration on Aging).
It’s more common than we think,●In the past 12 months, an estimated 65.7 million people in the U.S. have servedas unpaid family caregivers to an adult or a child.We don’t have the information we need to provide the best care for our loved ones;●
of caregivers feel they need more help or information about at least one of 14 specific topics related to caregiving.And caregiving duties will most likely fall on you or someone close to you.●Family caregivers provide about
of all long-term care services in theU.S.
(Metlife Mature Market Institute, 2001).
Without the right supports and information, the current situation will affect:
●Family caregivers experiencing extreme stress have been shown to ageprematurely. This level of stress can take as much as
off of a familycaregiver's life.
(Elissa S. Epel, et al. From the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dec 7, 2004, Vol 101, No. 49).
Our JobsMost caregivers work either full or part time while providing care
(National Alliance for Caregiving with AARP and MetLife, 2004 in addition to their caregiving responsibilities).