education and resources for family caregivers, friends, and providers helping older adults
Funded by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) through these local area agencies on aging:
A caregiver is an adult daughter or son, spouse, relative, or friend who helps someone aged 60 and older. Caregiving can include physical care, emotional support, daily activities, managing medications, doctor visits, shopping, legal issues or financial matters.
Family caregivers struggle to find a balance with other life responsibilities, families, and jobs which can create stress and affect their own health.
As the population ages the challenges grow:
· The most rapid population growth is among people 85 and older with an increasing number of people aged 100 and older
· 20% of the population will be over age 65 by 2030
· 62-70% of family caregivers are working part-time or full-time with over 50% working full time
· 40% or 7 to10 million adult children are caring for their parents from a long distance
· 44% of Americans between the ages of 45 and 55 are of the 'sandwich generation' with aging parents or in-laws as well as children under 21
· American business is losing between $17.1 billion to $33.6 billion per year because of the direct and indirect costs of elder caregiving
Education, resources, and being connected to other people with similar experiences empowers caregivers to take care of themselves. Caregivers can learn tools to manage stress and find a better balance between their caregiving responsibilities and the other roles in their lives.
Taking care of yourself means better care for the person
Providing support for caregivers results in helping older adults maintain the highest level of independence and the best quality of life.
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