Welcome ...

All too many times overwhelmed caregivers are physically and emotionally depleted and need to take time to rest and care for themselves. Believing in a holistic approach to caregiver stress and a strong commitment to helping our members find the right solutions, we created this blog to help you connect with others who, like you, may be facing the same eldercare issues and challenges. Feel free to comment, ask questions, and submit articles. Please forward the blog link to your family and friends. They'll be glad you did.

Warm regards,

Patricia Grace
founder & CEO
Aging with Grace

Monday, July 25, 2011

Family caregiving growing in leaps and bounds...

Family caregiving is becoming a more and more common phenomena with the rise in numbers of American seniors, and a 2011 AARP study says the value of unpaid family caregiving reached $450 billion in 2009.

Recent data shows one in eight Americans are 65 or older, with the number of seniors doubling between 2000 and 2030; the number of senior household is expected to increase 35% by 2020 from 2010 figures. Many older Americans embrace their independence and prefer receiving care at home and aging in place rather than going to a nursing facility, says AARP; this has contributed to the rise in caregiving in general, as well as family caregiving and the costs associated with it.

To put the costs of caregiving in context, the AARP paper, Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update – The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving, says that in 2009, approximately one in four adults gave care valued at an estimated $450 billion—more than Wal-mart’s total 2009 sales.

This figure represents a 21% increase from what was found in a 2007 study, and reflects the estimated 61.6 million Americans who provided care in 2009.

“We know most people want to remain in their own homes and communities as they get older. Family caregiving is key to making that possible,” says Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President for Public Policy at AARP.

The AARP report comes after a 2010 MetLife study found that caregiving represents a $3 trillion drain on adult children’s wallets when factoring in lost wages due to missing work, and how that affects retirement and Social Security contributions.

AARP also mentions the levels and kinds of care offered by caregivers, which has grown more complex over the years, and the toll this care can take on the health and well-being of caregivers.

“Family caregivers are an essential part of the workforce to maintain the health care and long-term services and supports systems for the growing number of people with complex chronic care needs,” says the report. “Family caregiving has been shown to help delay or prevent the use of nursing home care.”

No comments:

Post a Comment

Search This Blog

Helpful Resources

Low Vision Therapy Services

Children of Aging Parents (CAPS)

Well Spouse Association

U.S. Administration on Aging


Nursing Home Compare

Senior Safety Online

Mature Market Institute

Connections for Women

50Plus Realtor

Alzheimer's Speaks

Official VA Website