27 Jun Family Caregivers on Rise in US, Two-Fifths Care for Sick, Elderly Relatives: Study
A study conducted by the Pew Research Center and the California HealthCare Foundation found that 4 of 10 American adults are now family caregivers. From 2000 to 2012, the percentage of US adults caring for elderly relatives rose from 30 percent to 39 percent, according to the study.
As a larger percentage of the population becomes elderly and develops chronic illnesses, the researchers found that the number of caregivers rose nearly 10 percent between 2010 and 2013.
“More health care is happening at home,” said Susannah Fox, associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life project and the study’s lead author. “As more people are able to be saved by medical advances, their lives are being extended, but they’re also being sent home medically fragile. It’s caregivers who are the first line of defense.”