A staggering 40 million Americans are caring for an adult relative or friend, but many of those people don’t even think what they are doing is considered caregiving.
In fact, the profile of a typical caregiver today is completely different than what one might assume:
- 1 in 4 caregivers is a Millennial (between the ages of 18 and 34)
- 40% of caregivers are men
- The estimated value of family caregiving in the U.S. is $470 billion.
- Family caregivers spend 18 hours per week providing care like bathing, dressing, preparing meals, administering medications, driving to doctor visits or paying bills.
- 68% of caregivers have used their own money to provide care and 39% of caregivers report feeling financially strained.
- 60% of family caregivers provide care for an adult while still being employed outside the home.
- More than half of caregivers say they feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their family member needs.
I have a chance to post this interview with Caregiving Expert Amy Goyer. Amy Goyer is an expert in aging and families, specializing in family caregiving and multigenerational issues. She is the author of Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving.