When we think of family caregivers, most of us likely picture an older woman caring for a spouse or an adult daughter tending to her parents. While it is true that female caregivers still outnumber men, the gap is smaller than ever before. For the first time, men make up almost fifty percent of family caregivers.
This change can be attributed to a variety of reasons, including:
Trends in Family Caregiving
What other trends are occurring in family caregiving?
Turns out, quite a lot. According to a Genworth Financial study, today’s caregivers are significantly younger than in past years. Fifty-eight percent of family caregivers are between ages twenty-five and fifty-four. The average age in 2018 was forty-seven versus fifty-three in 2010.
With the decline in age, the impact on the lives of family caregivers has become even more pronounced. Especially when combined with another important change: care recipients need more assistance due to accidents than illness. That’s different than in the past.
In 2010, only eleven percent of older adults needed support because of an accident. Today, that number has soared to twenty-one percent. The sudden nature of an accident-related injury may leave families unprepared to cover a loved one’s needs.
How Caregiving Impacts Families
The Genworth survey also revealed how caregiving is impacting families. While eighty-two percent of loved ones say they have experienced positive feelings due to their role as care provider, there are challenges:
The financial toll of family caregiving can also be significant. A few of the issues caregivers raised during the survey included:
For these family members, making time to explore senior care options may be the key. From adult day centers to in-home care, respite care, and assisted living, there are many avenues of support available.
Call Sunrise Senior Living for Help
If you are a family caregiver struggling to juggle all your roles and responsibilities, we invite you to call Sunrise Senior Living at 888-434-4648. One of our experienced team members will be happy to assist you in identifying what type of care may be a good fit for your loved one.