According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, every 65 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease and one in three seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia dies. Unfortunately, this makes it the 6th leading cause of death within the United States. “Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia don’t just affect the person diagnosed,” says Robin Crum, Executive Director of YourLife™ of Pensacola, a Memory Care community in Pensacola, FL. “This disease can affect everyone from adult children and grandchildren to friends, family and even members of the surrounding community. Dementia can cause changes in abilities, personality, temperament and more, often leaving no choice than to have a family member, friend or professional assist with tasks of daily living and more.”
Who are caregivers and what do they do?
The Alzheimer’s Association® states that caregivers attend to another person’s health needs, including bathing and dressing, paying bills, shopping, providing transportation and offering their support to those with dementia. More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Many times, they tend to stay behind the scenes, but in the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Facts and Figures report, we can get an even bigger picture about what they experience and go through when a loved one is either diagnosed or living with dementia.
Facts and Information About Dementia Caregiving
According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, 18.4 billion hours of care, valued at over $232 billion, are provided by family and unpaid caregivers. Does this shock you? They tend to put in countless hours of work, often sacrificing their own lives and jobs so they can personally care for their loved one’s needs and ensure their safety. However, this is only one of many astounding facts. Uncover some of the facts about caregivers of loved ones with dementia with the following statistics:
- 83% of help provided to older adults comes from family. Whether this is from parents, adult children or other close relatives, family usually plays a role in caring for their loved one.
- 1 in 3 caregivers are 65 or older. Most caregivers, up to 66 percent, live with their loved one in a memory care community according to the report.
- About 250,000 of those between ages 8 to 18 provide help to a loved one. Whether they are helping prepare or serve meals, keeping them company or helping around the home, many children participate in a caregiving role.
- Approximately ¼ of caregivers care for parents and children under 18. Also known as the “Sandwich Generation,” many run households of their own as well as their loved one’s.
- ⅔ of caregivers are women. It’s important to realize that, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, women are more likely to experience burden, impaired mood and health as well as depression as a result of caregiving.
- 57% of family caregivers have provided care for 4 or more years. Aside from that, 6 in 10 expect to care for their loved one for the next five years.
- 42% of caregivers provide an average of 9 hours of care per day. Many tend to give up their jobs entirely so they are able to care for their loved one. Some go to work earlier or are at work later to make up for this.
- 59% of family caregivers report that the stress of caregiving is high or very high. Some also state that they feel like they are on-the-job 24 hours a day.
- 51% of caregivers indicate having no experience performing medical/nursing-related tasks. Many also indicate they don’t have the support or knowledge they need.
- 53% of women say that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is more challenging than caring for children. They also find it more demanding and physically exhausting.
- 74% worry about maintaining their own health. Because caregivers are often working around-the-clock, they have less time to focus on their physical and mental health, which can decline rapidly.
- 45% say that caregiving is very rewarding. While many care for their loved ones out of perceived responsibility, they also find it rewarding to be able to help their loved one in a time of need.
Caregivers don’t often get the appreciation or support they deserve. If you have a family member who serves as a caregiver, ask them how you can help or offer to give them a break. If you are a caregiver who needs support, a break or would like to learn some proven care techniques, talk to our team at YourLife™ of Pensacola. We would be happy to help you through your caregiving journey.
The Memory Care Your Loved One Deserves.
Offering the very best in Memory Care, YourLife™ of Pensacola was designed specifically with residents in mind. We’ve created a community where residents can define their own lifestyle, based on their preferences, needs and story, all while having the peace of mind of 24-hour support and the freedom to define their own lifestyles. Because we focus solely on Memory Care, all of our resources and attention are on catering to each resident’s needs while providing unequaled peace of mind for families. Our licensed nurses and YourLife™ Personal Care Specialists are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide personally inspired care and support, no matter what your needs. With such dedicated care, our residents have the support they need to live as independently and engaged as possible. At YourLife™ of Pensacola, YourStory comes to life. Whether you want to enjoy our exclusive activities and YourStory programming, spend time exploring our services and amenities, relax in our easy-to-navigate Memory Care neighborhoods and living areas or try something new, the choice is entirely up to you. Contact us to learn more! Call us at 850-898-3334 for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.