Invisible Caregivers: New Report Sheds Light on Family Needs

August 4, 2015

 

In the United States today, there are approximately 40 million family members who provide care for disabled or elderly adult loved ones.If you have ever been a family caregiver, you know about both the burden and the rewards of caregiving. Two organizations, the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving, are casting a brighter light on the nature of caregiving in the U.S. today.

 

Two recently issued reports paint a profile of family caregivers and address the financial, emotional, and physical burdens with which they often struggle. The AARP published Valuing the Invaluable, which follows up on the groundwork laid in another report, Caregiving in the U.S., that was completed jointly with the National Alliance for Caregiving.

 

One striking finding: only one in three careg