Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Family caregivers for the aging and disabled experience emotional and financial strain.  Studies show caregivers have higher levels of serious psychological distress and negative health behaviors, particularly for caregivers between the ages of 45 and 64.
  • The mental strains of caregiving adversely impact household chores and their social lives.
  • Middle-aged caregivers are more likely to binge drink, smoke and/or be obese.
  • Middle-aged caregivers lack support.  Many are single, divorced or widowed, most work, and many are low income.
  • Live-in caregivers spend an average of 36  hours weekly on caregiving, and most work full or part time.
  • Few caregivers are paid for their services, but many contribute their own funds while caregiving.
  • Respite services can reduce caregiver strains, but are underutilized. 
Recent cuts in funding programs for caregivers are predicted to worsen these mental and financial strains on caregivers.

More than ever, we need programs to support our caregivers! Additional information can be found at