An estimated 43.5 million adults in the United States have provided
unpaid care to an adult or a child in the prior 12 months. 7 About
18.2% of the respondents interviewed reported being caregivers. The
estimated prevalence of caring for an adult is 16.6%, or 39.8
million Americans. 8 Approximately 34.2 million Americans have
provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the prior 12
Family caregivers in Texas provided 3.1 billion hours of care—worth an estimated $35 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion) and nearly equaled the annual sales ($469 billion) of the four largest U.S. tech companies combined (Apple, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Microsoft) in 2013.
Family caregiving for relatives or close friends with chronic,
disabling, or serious health problems so they can remain in their
home is nearly universal today. In 2013, nearly 3.4 million family
caregivers in Texas helped another adult loved one carry out daily
activities such as bathing or dressing, preparing meals,
administering medications, driving to doctor visits, and paying
“This new report demonstrates that we need to do more to assist the 3.4 million caregivers in our state,” said AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson. “Some of the things that will help family caregivers include improved workplace flexibility, respite care, tax credits and home care services.”
‘Caregiver’ is defined as an adult age 18 and older providing care to a parent, spouse, or other adult loved one with their daily activities such as bathing or dress, preparing meals, and/or managing their finances, currently or within the last month.
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