Are You One of 44 Million Family Caregivers?

There are an estimated 44 million people providing unpaid assistance and support to older people and adults with disabilities who live in the community. Are you one of them? Watch the video and find out.

Statistics on family caregivers according to a 2015 Public Policy Report, Caregiving in the U.S., by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving.

 

Why It Is Important to Understand Your Role

Many of those 44 million don’t identify as caregivers. They help aging parents, in-laws and friends with everyday tasks, without realizing that their role will likely evolve. 

Self-identification is a critical first step to helping you on the journey that can be both highly rewarding and extremely complex. The following course is the first of a four part series to help you on your journey.

 

What's in the Course?

Part I of ElderHelp's four part series describes the need for family caregivers, defines the role, explains how the role might evolve and provides practical solutions for those providing care.

 

Aging in America

Life expectancy is on the rise, and people want to age in their own homes. The lessons provide an overview of the aging dynamics and the need for family caregivers.

A majority of people want to age in their own home but need additional assistance to do so.

A majority of people want to age in their own home but need additional assistance to do so.

 

Importance of Family Caregivers

A family caregiver is someone who provides any type of physical, emotional, and/or financial support to someone who is ill, disabled or aging and who needs assistance with daily life. These lessons introduce the vast range of supportive activities that family caregivers provide.

Meet Sylvia and Charles. Throughout the course, their care team will serve as an example of caregiving in action.

Meet Sylvia and Charles. Throughout the course, their care team will serve as an example of caregiving in action.

 

Understanding Your Role as a Family caregiver

The role of a family caregiver can vary and will evolve over time. These lessons not only explain the complex nature of family caregiving, but also provide a specific exercise to help you better understand how caring for a loved one might impact your life.

Caregiving dynamics will inevitably change over time. Sylvia becomes a widow, and her son becomes conflicted. He spends so much time caring for his mom that he barely has time for his own children. 

Caregiving dynamics will inevitably change over time. Sylvia becomes a widow, and her son becomes conflicted. He spends so much time caring for his mom that he barely has time for his own children. 

 

Next Steps as a family caregiver

The final series of lessons provides suggestions for sustaining this critical supportive role longer and more effectively. Upcoming courses will expand upon these suggestions, providing care partners with resources to be better organized and recruit help.

dentify what you need as a carer, as well as what the care needs of your loved one are.