90 million and growing: Family Caregivers on the rise

2 out of every 5 adults are family caregivers, according to survey findings from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

This month, we celebrate National Family Caregiver Month and recognize the impact, importance, and rising presence of family caregivers across the nation. At SurroundHealth, our focus is around the need for healthcare professionals to support and educate family caregivers in order to reduce costs and promote successful outcomes. Here are some articles we shared that elaborate on this timely topic:

Now, more than ever, we should be recognizing caregivers as critical members of the healthcare team. The Caregiver Action Network reminds us of noteworthy facts on family caregivers:

  • Alzheimer’s is driving the numbers up.  More than 15 million family caregivers are providing care to more than 5 million loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • But it’s not just the elderly who need caregiving.  The number of parents caring for children with special needs is increasing, too, due to the rise in cases of many childhood conditions.
  • And it’s not just women doing the caregiving.  Men are now almost as likely to say they are family caregivers as women are (37% of men; 40% of women). And 36% of younger Americans between ages 18 and 29 are family caregivers as well, including 1 million young people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

Thank You to all the family caregivers and to all the healthcare professionals who support, educate, and encourage them to strive for successful outcomes. 

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