Are you a typical family caregiver?
Most often I find that I don’t fit the mold, how about you?
I did find the information about the typical family caregiver interesting. For example, I was suprised to see that the average caregiver is 49 years old. It was not shocking that it was a woman. But the fact that she is in good to very good health was also surprising to me since there is so much discussion around the need for self-care and how most caregivers don’t do that well.
Check out the graphics below and let me know in the comments what you found most surprising as well as least.
Are you holding down a job while caring for your parents? Most FAMILY Caregivers are! Often we just see our selves as a daughter, not a caregiver but I hope you can see that you are both.
The National Alliance for Caregiving shares its survey results from 2015 survey but they also note the profile of a caregiver is changing. To learn more https://buff.ly/2I8VxYO
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This profile summarizes data from the Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 research study, jointly conducted with the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.1 While the data presented below provide aggregate information about the average caregiver, it should be noted that the face of caregiving is changing. Family caregivers come in all variations and circumstances—from the grandson helping his grandmother out by cutting the grass and driving her to the store a couple hours a week; to the mother helping her adult son 10 hours a week with various activities due to his post-traumatic stress disorder; to the adult daughter caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s; to the wife caring for her husband around the clock to deal with his stroke, diabetes, and wound care.
National Alliance for Caregiving
AARP Public Policy Institute