Projections of Older Adults Population

The Burden on Family Caregivers

By Clearday Research Team

It can be difficult for family caregivers providing for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. In many cases, they have to give up their careers in order to spend time caring for their loved ones with dementia and as a result, the impact to caregiver health can be devastatingly holistic: financially, physically, and emotionally.  

Many studies have found that caregivers of those with dementia have higher levels of burden than other caregivers. A 2003 survey of 227 US dementia caregivers found that nearly one quarter provided 40 hours of care or more per week (compared with 16% for non-dementia caregivers). (NCBI) That means that this workload proves to be extra challenging for those providing the care, especially when they are untrained in this field. 

Not only are these tasks overwhelming and emotionally taxing, employers rarely provide the proper support to those with families that are experiencing cognitive decline. Around 42 million US adults provide unpaid care to a loved one over 50 years old, 26% of unpaid caregivers are supporting a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and 23.7 hours per week are spent providing unpaid care. 

For 42 million family caregivers, we offer a reliable way to support families taking care of loved ones and to help those loved ones age in place for longer. Clearday at Home provides the resources and confidence to manage in-home care and delay the need for out-of-home care. Aging at home with Clearday is vastly more affordable. See how Clearday can help here

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