November is National Family Caregivers Month, and today we’d like to raise awareness about family caregiving.
Check out these astounding family caregiving statistics from caregiver.org:
- About 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months.
- The majority of caregivers (82%) care for one other adult, while 15% care for 2 adults, and 3% for 3 or more adults.
- About 15.7 million adult family caregivers care for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
- The value of services provided by informal caregivers has steadily increased over the last decade, with an estimated economic value of $470 billion in 2013, up from $450 billion in 2009 and $375 billion in 2007.
- The economic value of the care provided by unpaid caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias was $217.7 billion in 2014.
- 65% of care recipients are female, with an average age of 69.4.
- Upwards of 75% of all caregivers are female, and may spend as much as 50% more time providing care than males.
Here at Regency Nursing, we are so proud of our incredible family members who make sure to stay involved in their loved one’s care. While they’ve entrusted their loved one to our care, they stay hands on and involved every day.
We’ve written about caregivers in the past, and we invite you to take a look at our archives for tips and advice for the unpaid family caregiver.
Here are some articles to get you started:
Male Caregivers: An Overlooked Population
Why You Should Join a Caregiver Support Group
Who Will Care For The Caregiver?
Let us know in the comments what else you want to see on our blog for and about caregivers.
Have a wonderful weekend!