A new study by AARP, “Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update,” estimates that for the more than 40 million Americans are caring for an elderly or disabled loved one. The value of their work is $450 billion a year.
Source/more: National Public Radio (July 18, 2011) (audio also available)
Read the full AARP report.
I have counseled numerous caregivers over the years and you can certainly see the toll it takes upon their lives and their health. Caregivers must plan for periods of respite and they cannot give 24/7 care. If you have any questions about caregiving, please don;t hesitate to give us a call. Our Elder Care Coordinator Sandy Vernon may be able to aid you in lining up respite care or determining if you qualify for any caregiving benefit!