Caregiver Statistics

As a nonpaid family caregiver, you’ve most likely become exhausted, overwhelmed and perhaps a bit overweight. On a good day, you’re seething with resentment and ready to pull out your hair. But I want you to know this: You are not alone

Currently, there are more than 65 million non-paid family caregivers in the United States and that number is only growing.

Did you know . . . ?

♦ More than 65 million people provide “free” care for a chronically ill, disabled or an aging family member or friend.  The combined value of those services is estimated to be $375 billion a year—nearly twice as much as Americans actually spend on homecare and nursing home services together ($158 billion).

♦ Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women. Of this group, more than half also have minor children or grandchildren living with them.

The potential impact of caregiving on YOUR health, as the caregiver, is staggering!

♦ 47% of caregivers indicate an increase in caregiving expenses has caused them to exhaust MOST or ALL of their savings.

♦ Stress has been shown to impact a caregiver’s immune system for as many as three years after the caregiving duties end, which increases their chances of developing a chronic illness themselves. In fact, the level of stress is so extreme it can take as many as 10 years off a family caregiver’s life.

♦ 40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression.

♦ American businesses can lose as much as $34 billion each year due to employees’ needs to care for elderly loved ones.

Caring for your elderly loved one can take a huge toll on your health, your finances and your life!

Resources: National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare; MetLife Caregiving Cost Study: Productivity Losses to U.S.  MetLife Mature Market Institute and National Alliance for Caregiving Business; Evercare Survey of the Economic Downturn and Its Impact on Family Caregiving; National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare. March 2009) Survey of the Economic Downturn and Its Impact on Family Caregiving;  Drs. Janice-Kiecolt Glaser and Ronald Glaser