The American Caregiver is Everyone’s Story
The American Caregiver plays a very important role when daily life of seniors becomes a struggle with mobility & medical issues. Before long everyone you meet will either be, or has been, a caregiver. Or perhaps the other alternative, they are in need of a caregiver. I say that because of the current statistics. It has to do the “baby boomer” generation. There are simply so many of us. As our lifestyles change, our country will change. And in many different ways. For example, instead of millions of us working and investing in the stock market, we’re retiring and pulling money out of the stock market. The same is true for many aspects of social behavior. Buying and selling homes, cars, etc.
And as we become elderly, there comes a time when we all could use a little help. The challenges of daily life can become stressful while we struggle with mobility issues, health and medical and even personal care.
Needing Some Help
Then we need a caregiver. Usually another family member. Sometimes it’s a home health agency who supplies caregivers for specific duties like health checks, transportation, bathing, cooking and cleaning.
It’s just the numbers that make this time in our country’s history unique. Take a look at these statistics.
- There are currently over 40 million Americans 65 years of age or older (12.4% of the U.S. population). By 2030 that number will grow to 72.1 million! (19%)Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging.
- 43.5 million of adult family caregivers care for someone 50+ years of age and 14.9 million care for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Alzheimer’s Association, 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Vol.7, Issue 2. – Updated: November 2012.
- The value of unpaid family caregivers will likely continue to be the largest source of long-term care services in the U.S.
Coughlin, J., (2010). Estimating the Impact of Caregiving and Employment on Well-Being: Outcomes & Insights in Health Management, Vol. 2; Issue 1 – Updated: November 2011
- 65.7 million caregivers make up 29% of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged.
The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2009), Caregiving in the U.S. National Alliance for Caregiving. Washington, DC. – Updated: November 2012
So take a look around the next time you’re out grocery shopping. Chances are, there’s very few shoppers around you have who have no experience or knowledge of a Caregiver in their family. Or, look around your neighborhood, you will find them there. At your church, yes, there are caregivers there. In fact, just about everywhere you go, you will find caregivers.
American Caregivers,… we’re everywhere.