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Care Giving 101 a First Glance at Aging in America

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Caregiving 101: A First Glance at Aging inAmerica
It’s old news that we are growing older as a nation, but only four in tenAmericans, aged 40 to 70, know that 60 to 70 percent of 65-year-olds today willrequire long-term care services at some point in their lives.
There are more than
45 million
caregivers for older adults. These are people who needinformation and support to make their lives easier.
Who Needs Our Care?
We need to be aware of our changing demographics. Statistics today will quicklybecome personal realities -- affecting our families, friends and neighbors.The number of people aged 85 or older—those most likely to need long-termcare services is expected to increase by
74 percent
between 2007 and 2030.(AARP Public Policy Institute. Across the States 2009. Profiles of Long TermCare and Independent Living.)In the next 20 years,
one in five
people will be 65 or older and this population isprojected to grow by more than four times as fast as the population as a whole.(U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and EconomicSupplement, 2008). And older adults are living longer, too.The growing number of older adults will be trying to manage conditions like dementia,falls, diabetes, stroke and sensory losses.
Thirteen percent of persons over theage of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease.
(2009 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures,Washington, DC. Alzheimer’s Association.)Older adults face an increasing need for transportation services. The average number of years a person continued to drive -- the driving expectancy -- was significantly lessthan overall life expectancy.Men and women who were still driving at ages 70 to 74 were expected to drive,on average, another 
11 years
. But these men were expected to live about 17more years, and the women nearly 21 more years.This gap between driving expectancy and overall life expectancy means men in thisage group who stopped driving
were dependent on alternative transportationfor an average of six years
. For women, the gap translated into about 10
yearsdependence
on other transportation modes.
(Foley, DJ, Heimovitz HK, Guralnik JM,Brock DB, "Driving Life Expectancy of Persons Aged 70 Years and Older in the United States," 'American Journal of Public Health,' vol. 92, no. 8 pp. 1284-1289.)
Who are Our Caregivers? 
Caregivers are not just professionals. You are a caregiver if you provide social or physical support to an aging relative or friend or to a person with a disability.Family caregivers provide the overwhelming majority of long-term services in the
 
U.S.,
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;
72percent
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 
118 percent
.
(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
88 percent
capacity.
 (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
2011
.
(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;
78%
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
80 percent
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:
Our Health
Family caregivers experiencing extreme stress have been shown to ageprematurely. This level of stress can take as much as
10 years
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
(59 percent).
(National Alliance for Caregiving with AARP and MetLife, 2004 in addition to their caregiving responsibilities).

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