National Caregiver Survey – Caregivers Need Help!

The results of the 2010 National Caregiver Survey are now available. Some of the statistics were what I expected. Caregivers are typically female boomers caring for an elder in their 80-90’s etc. You can see the statistics here.

What struck me is that the majority of caregivers admitted that they don’t take care of themselves. 36% work full time jobs. And they expect to be caregivers for another 10+ years.

What they want most is counseling and support to manage their emotions.

I have previously cited statistics about caregiver health including the fact that many die before the one they are taking care of dies. What this survey and caregivers are calling out for is help.

We need more programs to care for the caregiver.