Looking into AARP’s Caregiving in the United States 2020 Report

Looking into AARP’s Caregiving in the United States 2020 Report

First conducted in 1997 by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, Caregiving in the U.S. takes a look at unpaid family Caregivers in the U.S. — particularly the physical and mental toll this selfless job takes on Caregivers.

Unpaid Caregivers (a spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor) are often the backbone of long-term care provided in people’s homes. However, the stress of caring for another person, on top of their own personal life and 9-5 job, can leave many Caregivers feeling overwhelmed.

Unpaid Caregivers in the United States

AAPR’s updated Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 discovered that:

  • Nearly one in five (19%) Caregivers are providing unpaid care to an adult with health or functional needs.
  • More Americans (24%) are caring for more than one person. This is up from 18% in 2015.
  • More family Caregivers (26%) have difficulty coordinating care. This is also up from 19% in 2015.
  • More Americans (26%) are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. This is up from 22% in 2015.
  • More Americans (23%) say Caregiving has made their own health worse.
  • Family Caregiving spans across all generations, including Boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Z, Millennials, and Silent.
  • 61% of family Caregivers are also working.

The Mental and Physical Impact of Caring for Older Adults

Caregiving is incredibly rewarding; however, the stress of it can take a toll on unpaid Caregivers. Long-term Caregivers have been known to have elevated levels of depression and anxiety, poor self-reported physical health, and a compromised immune system.

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