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Caregiving in the United States 2015 Report

Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 is a joint research study between the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP providing new insights into higher-hour caregivers (at least 21 hours of care a week), caregivers ages 75 and older, multicultural caregivers (including African American/black, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian American/Pacific Islander populations), and the challenges facing caregivers in the workplace.

You can download the report at: caregiving.org/caregiving2015

Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 provides surprising insight into today’s family caregivers. The typical higher-hour caregiver (who provides unpaid care for at least 21 hours a week) has been caregiving for an average of 5-1/2 years and expects to continue care for another 5 years. Nearly half of these higher-hour caregivers report high emotional stress (46 percent).

Also surprising are findings from subpopulations of caregivers. Today, nearly a quarter of America’s caregivers are millennials between the ages of 18 and 34 and are equally likely to be male or female. On the other end of the spectrum, caregivers ages 75 or older are typically the sole support for their loved one, providing care without paid help or help from relatives and friends. Men, a group often stereotyped as failing to take on caregiving responsibilities, currently represent 40 percent of family caregivers and provide an average of 23 hours a week supporting a loved one.

“As previous AARP research has shown, we’re facing a caregiving cliff,” said Dr. Susan Reinhard, senior vice president and director, AARP Public Policy Institute; and chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America. “By mid-century, there will be only three family caregivers available for each person requiring care. That means, to avoid putting them at higher risk as they age, we need to provide support for existing caregivers who are underserved by the current long-term services and support system.”

Designing the Maine CARE Act

AARP Maine is working with a bipartisan group of co-sponsors to create L.D. 666, the Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act. Under this act, hospitals will record the names of caregivers of a patient to instruct caregivers on proper care instructions for their patient, inform caregivers when the patient it discharged from the hospital, and help ease the care transition process. This legislation would help protect patients from re-admittance to hospitals, and guide family caregivers through nursing tasks with ease. With nearly 200,000 family caregivers in Maine, the CARE Act will educate family members and protect patients during care transitions.

To read the full article from centralmaine.com, please click here: http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/04/01/l-d-666-gives-direct-support-to-family-caregivers/

Iowans Want Services for Unpaid Caregivers

The 2015 survey conducted by AARP shows that most people over the age of 45 across the state are in support of helping unpaid family caregivers. Of over 380,000 registered voters in the survey, most support naming family caregivers on medical records, and teaching the family caregivers simple medical procedures that could be done in the home. Results from the survey showed that Iowans realize that they are family caregivers, or will be in the future, and Iowans recognize the need to support unpaid caregivers in their communities.

To see the full article from the Quad City Times, please follow this link: http://qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa/aarp-survey-reveals-an-unpaid-caregivers-a-silent-army-in/article_5a776b47-e6dd-5d3a-aa9c-fdd52b2a9277.html

To read the full survey from AARP, please click here: http://states.aarp.org/new-survey-shows-large-majority-of-likely-iowa-voters-45-support-measures-to-help-family-caregivers/