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We are over 53 million strong. We might call ourselves sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandsons, granddaughters, or even friends. But we might not always call ourselves caregivers.
If you’re helping with a loved one’s medical needs — like arranging doctor’s appointments or medication, refilling prescriptions, or helping with physical therapy… then you’re a caregiver. If you’re helping with daily activities — like buying groceries, cooking, doing housework, managing finances, or providing transportation… then you’re a caregiver. If you are on-call for a loved one — whether near or far away... then you’re a caregiver too.
It is unpaid. At times it can be both physically and emotionally draining. But we do it anyways — because it’s important to us.
Caregivers spend over 24 hours a week caring for loved ones
No two caregiving stories are the same. But millions of Americans are on this journey with you, taking on the challenge of caring for loved ones with tough medical challenges proactively and boldly.
Caregivers come from all walks of life. Some are as young as five years old. There are 12.4 million millennials, and 2.6 million Gen Zers caregiving for a loved one. Many are part of the “sandwich generation,” caring for a parent while also raising a child.
Caregiving has no color. While family has different meanings across cultures, we are all brought closer together by caring for loved ones. Different, but the same.
Caregiving has no gender or sexuality. 4 in 10 caregivers are male. And 9% of caregivers identify as members of the LGBT community.
1 out of 6 Americans are caregivers
R- Rest and treat yourself to self-care.
E- Embrace your social network, and work in time for friends.
D- Discuss caregiving challenges with a support group.
B- Boundaries are key. Set expectations so that you can be at your best.
A- Acknowledge that you’ll make mistakes, and forgive yourself for them.
L- List what you are thankful for weekly.
L- Listen to yourself and your needs.
3.4 million children help care for family
Across the country, AARP is working with governors, state legislators, and community partners to take commonsense steps to support America’s 40 million family caregivers.
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