Monday, June 13, 2022

Advice for Caregivers

The New York Times recently published a guide for caregivers, How to Be a Caregiver.

The article contains 6 tips from caregivers: "1. Let the patient lead... 2. Focus on comfort...3. Listen to the experts. ..4. Talk to other caregivers...5. Take care of yourself...6. Shed the guilt."  Don't think you will find yourself caregiving? Consider this information from the article: "21.3 percent of U.S. adults are caregivers, according to Caregiving in the U.S. 2020, a report from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. The report defines a caregiver as someone who has provided care to an adult or a child with special needs at some time in the past 12 months. The number of caregivers is growing, and now totals about 53 million adults, up 20 percent from 43.5 million caregivers in 2015."

The article provides these facts

  • Most caregivers (about 90 percent) take care of a relative, usually a parent or spouse, while 10 percent care for a friend or neighbor.
  • Women are more likely to be caregivers than men, and make up about 60 percent of unpaid caregivers.
  • While most caregivers of adults take care of just one person, nearly one in four (24 percent) takes care of two or more people, up from 18 percent in 2015.
  • More young people are taking on caregiving roles. About a third of caregivers are 39 or younger, and 6 percent of them are from Generation Z — age 23 or younger.
  • Caregiving is time consuming. On average, today's caregivers provide about 24 hours of care each week. And most of them (61 percent) have another job.
  • Caregiving takes a toll on health. More Americans (23 percent) say caregiving has made their own health worse, up from 17 percent in 2015.

The article includes suggestions on how to prepare, what you need to organize, and where to find help. Bookmark the article!

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