Who Provides Alzheimer's Care?

by michellerogers on June 17, 2009

The Home Instead Senior Care franchise network is a top resource for high-quality in-home senior care. As experts in senior assistance, companionship and Alzheimer’s care, and we understand the importance of safety as your aging loved one continues living at home.

  • In 2007, about 52 million family caregivers provided care at some time during the year.
  • A typical caregiver in the U.S. is female (61%) approximately 46 years old, has at least some college experience (66%) and spends an average of 20 hours or more per week providing unpaid care to someone 50 or older (79%).
  • Most caregivers (57%) are caring for a parent or parent-in-law, and 21% are providing care for a spouse. The remainder are helping siblings (4%), grandparents (5%) and other relatives or friends (13%).
  • In 2007, 9.8 million family and other unpaid caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias provided 8.4 billion hours of care.

The number of professional caregivers in the U.S. must more than double in the next decade for many seniors to have the help they need to be able to remain at home.

In closing on this posting today for those unpaid caregivers I recommend researching support groups in your neighborhood. Also, get the respite time you need so that you stay healthy and well balanced. Respite care is REALLY important and you mustn’t feel guilty about taking breaks from caregiving.

For more information on professional care you can visit www.homeinstead.com/mountainviewca or our main site @ www.homeinstead.com

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