AAHSA White Paper— National Studies in Caregiving: Implications for Providers
As the aging Baby Boom generation swells the ranks of America’s older population over the next 20 years, there will be an ever-increasing need for family caregiver support. In 2004, it was estimated that there were 44 million family caregivers in the U.S.1 To date, 80 percent of the long-term care provided in the home is provided by a family member. 2 Other reports show that family caregivers represent an economic value to our society of $375 billion annually in the care they provide our seniors.3 While the role of family caregivers is essential, it is often overlooked and undervalued by health care professionals for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that many family caregivers do not self-identify. In addition, many health care professionals do not view family caregivers as part of a primary care team.