If you’re reading this in a public place, chances are you’re surrounded by some of the 60 million-plus people in America who are caring for a loved one. And with November being National Family Caregivers month, the Pew Research Center recently highlighted these astonishing five facts:
- There are 40.4 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the United States. Of that group, nine-in-ten are providing care for an aging relative, and a plurality is caring for a parent.
- Adults ages 45 to 64 are the most likely to be caregivers. In fact, about a quarter (23%) of adults ages 45 to 64 cares for an aging adult.
- Most caregiving for aging parents is not in the form of financial support or personal care. More commonly, adults have helped their parent with errands, housework or home repairs.
- Emotional support is a big part of caregiving. Most adults say they provide some emotional support for their aging parents, but more women say this than men.
- Most adults who have helped an aging parent see it as rewarding; relatively few say it is stressful. Among those who have helped their parents in a matter of ways – financially, with errands housework, or home repairs or with personal care – 88% say it’s rewarding.
Take advantage of the tips and information provided in Pew’s comprehensive rundown: Pew Highlights Caregivers