In the United States alone, nearly 43.5 million households are involved in providing care to a loved one age 50 or older. Between 6 and 7 million friends, family, and neighbors provide assistance with daily activities to persons over age 65. 14.9 million provide care to older persons suffering from dementia. These numbers will continue to rise, as the population of older adults grows into the future. Continue reading
Do you help someone keep their house clean, go shopping, keep track of the checking account, or organize medications each week? If you are currently involved in such a relationship, or ever have been, then you may be a caregiver.
You are a Caregiver if You
- Help someone clean their house
- Keep track of a checking account
- Organize medications
- Help with grocery shopping
- Give rides to the doctor Continue reading
Caregivers and Who They Are is a seven-part series of blogs, created to discuss caregivers, who they are and what they do. This series will help people understand the realities of caregivers. Some of the topics will focus on how to identify caregivers, and to help readers understand what kinds of things caregivers do for their loved ones.
What we will discover
- Learn about caregivers and the work they do.
- Understand the realities associated with this work and role.
- Think about how this pertains to you.
Just as the older population isn’t a huge group of like-minded individuals, growing old does not mean that a person becomes inactive, forgetful, or sick. In fact, there is much evidence to suggest that the opposite is true. Continue reading
It is true that there will be more and more persons growing old. But one thing is for sure—they will not be doing it in the same way! Already, we are seeing how older people are different from each other. Despite what TV images might have us believe, we cannot assume what 65, 75, or 105 year olds look like, enjoy doing, or how they live. Continue reading