Today is our Grand Opening and everyone is very excited! After so many years working with patients and helping them stay in their own home, we are really looking forward to this new chapter and thee opportunity to help our caregivers.
We know that being a caregiver isn’t easy. We also know that an estimated 44 million Americans age 18 and older provide unpaid assistance and support to older people and adults with disabilities. Caregivers are varied in their characteristics, however:
♦ Women outnumber men (about two to one).
♦ Most are middle-aged (35-64 years old) and married or living with a partner.
♦ Most (83%) are relatives of the person they are caring for, including: daughters/sons, spouses, grandchildren, and siblings.
♦ Rates of caregiving vary somewhat by ethnicity. Among the U.S. adult population (18+), about one-fi fth (21%) of each of the non-
Hispanic white and African-American populations are providing informal care, while a slightly lower percentage of Asian (18%) and
Hispanic-Americans (16%) are engaged in caregiving.
♦ About one in four (24%) caregivers live with or close to the person they are caring for and about four in ten (42%) are no more than 20 minutes away.
♦ About half of caregivers are employed at full-time jobs (48%).
♦ The amount of care given on a weekly basis varies widely, from fewer than 8 hours (by nearly half) to more than 40 hours (by 1 in 5)
♦ Caregiving goes on for a long time—an average of 4.3 years.
We also know that caregivers are not taking care of themselves!
♦ One-fourth of women caregivers report health problems as a result of their caregiving activities.
♦ Caregivers report higher levels of depressive symptoms and mental health problems than do their noncaregiving peers (20% to 50%
report depressive disorders or symptoms).
♦ Two-thirds of caregivers report they need help to find care for themselves, to balance work and family responsibilities and to
manage emotional and physical stress.
It is our hope that the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center: a gathering place for caregivers, will provide you with the services, support, guidance and care YOU need to stay healthy, improve your quality of life and keep you from becoming a statistic.
Caregiver Crisis Line 855-476-7600
and remember, you are not alone.