Today, one in four Americans is providing some type of care for a person who has a chronic health condition. Often these CareGivers need support themselves because being a caretaker can be physically and emotionally exhausting.
CareGiving is defined as the provision of support and care to meet the needs of daily living of another person. Most CareGivers have little, if no, idea what is involved in caring for their loved on, or what the costs are going to be financially, emotionally, and physically. Most do not know what help is available or where to go for help.
Who are CareGivers?
66% are women- The gender balance shifts to close to equal participation among 18 to 49-year-old care recipients (47% of caregivers are male), while among the 50+ recipients, it tips to females (32% male, 68% female). [The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2009), Caregiving in the U.S. National Alliance for Caregiving. Washington, D.C.] Updated: November, 2012
74% are married. 51% of caregivers are between the ages of 18 and 49 (While caregivers are found across the age span, the average age of a caregiver is 48.0 years). [The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2009)] Updated: November, 2012
80% of care is provided in the caregiver’s home.
33% have been a caregiver for 5-10 years.
44% anticipate being a caregiver for more than 11 years.
Many CareGivers experience the following difficulties: sense of isolation, lack of understanding from others, responsibility for making major decisions for loved ones, loss of personal and leisure time, and no consistent help from other family members.
“He gives us strength to the weary and increases the power
of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young
men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will
renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk
and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31