There is a major crisis unfolding in America.  Our nation’s caregivers are being crushed by the overwhelming chronic duties and responsibilities of caring our growing aging population.  By the year 2020 there will be an estimated 70 million people over age 65, many requiring at-home care.  In our efforts to stretch the average lifespan past the century mark, we have completely failed to address the serious financial, physical, mental and emotional impacts that this old old age is having on those responsible for the well-being and care of our massive age wave, the caregivers.

There are nearly 50 million caregivers caring for someone over the age of 50.
-Source: Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

Caregivers have been in their role for an average of 4.6 years – with 30% having given care for 5 years or more.
-Source: Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

73% of family caregivers are working full or part-time.
-Source: Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

50% of those caring for someone over the age of 50 spend an average of 10% of their annual income.
-Source: 2007 Evercare/NAC Study of “Family Caregivers –What They Spend, What They Sacrifice”

Women who are family caregivers are 2.5 times more likely than non-caregivers to live in poverty and five times more likely to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
-Source: Study conducted by researchers at Rice University and data compiled from the Health and Retirement Study funded by the National Institute of Aging and conducted by the University of Michigan, 1992-2004.

Family caregivers who provide care 36 or more hours weekly are more likely than non-caregivers to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. For spouses the rate is six times higher; for those caring for a parent the rate is twice as high.
-Source: Cannuscio, C.C., C. Jones, I. Kawachi, G.A. Colditz, L. Berkman and E. Rimm, Reverberation of family illness: A longitudinal assessment of informal caregiver and mental health status in the nurses' health study. American Journal of Public Health 92:305-1311, 2002

Family caregivers experiencing extreme stress have been shown to age prematurely. This level of stress can take as much as 10 years off a family caregiver's life.
-Source: Elissa S. Epel, Dept of Psychiatry, Univ of Calif, SF, et al, From the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dec 7, 2004, Vol 101, No. 49

The value of unpaid family caregivers provide is estimated at $306 billion per year, more than the costs of Medicare and Medicaid combined.
-Source: Arno, Peter S., "Economic Value of Informal Caregiving," presented at the Care Coordination and the Caregiving Forum, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, NIH, Bethesda, MD, January 25-27, 2006

American businesses can lose as much as $34 billion each year due to employees' need to care for loved ones 50 years of age and older.
-Source: Metlife Mature Market Institute and National Alliance for Caregiving, MetLife Caregiving Cost Study: Productivity Losses to U.S. Business, July 2006

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