Caregivers

The Effects of Caregiving

Did you know – Family caregiver can sacrifice hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages, two-thirds of caregivers are women and they make up 47% of workforce. (AARP 11/2009)

Did you know – On average 70% of the people who live to age 65 will require some long-term care services at some point. (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services 9/2009)

Did you know – 20% of employed female caregivers over 50 years old report symptoms of depression compared to 8% of their non-caregiving peers. National Alliance for Caregiving and MetLife Mature Market Institute. February 2010

Did you know – 40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression with approximately a quarter to half of these caregivers meet the diagnostic criteria for major depression. Zarit, S. (2006). Assessment of Family Caregivers: A Research Perspective

Did you know – Women who are family caregivers are 2.5 times more likely than non-caregivers to live in poverty and five times more likely to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Study conducted by researchers at Rice University and data compiled from the Health and Retirement Study funded by the National Institute of Aging and conducted by the University of Michigan, 1992-2004

Did you know – 47% of working caregivers indicate an increase in caregiving expenses has caused them to use up ALL or MOST of their savings. Evercare Survey of the Economic Downturn and Its Impact on Family Caregiving; National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare. March 2009

Did you know – More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.  Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

Did you know – The value of the services family caregivers provide for “free,” when caring for older adults, is estimated to be $375 billion a year. That is almost twice as much as is actually spent on homecare and nursing home services combined ($158 billion).  Evercare Survey of the Economic Downturn and Its Impact on Family Caregiving; National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare. March 2009

Did you know – The typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for her widowed 69-year-old mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed. Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women. More than 37% have children or grandchildren under 18 years old living with them.  Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP. November 2009

Did you know – 20 hours per week is the average number of hours family caregivers spend caring for their loved ones while 13% of family caregivers are providing 40 hours of care a week or more.  Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP. November 2009

Did you know – 36% of family caregivers care for a parent and 7 out of 10 caregivers are caring for loved ones over 50 years old.  Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP. November 2009