- Baby boomers -- accounting for about 78 million Americans -- can start retiring with Social Security in 2008.
- By 2030, 70 million Americans will be over the age of 65. This is one out of every five Americans.
- 7,000 Americans turn 65 years of age each year. By 2011, 10,000 people will be turning 65 each year. And 85% will at some point require some sort of in-home caregiving assistance.
- Of the more than 650,000 practicing physicians, fewer than 7,000 are certified geriatricians. This equates to one for every 5,000 Americans over the age of 65.
- In 2000, more than 50 million people provided care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend. - Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services .
- 30% of family caregivers caring for seniors are themselves aged 65 or over; another 15% are between the ages of 45 to 54. - Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- While people over 65 are expected to increase at a 2.3% rate, the number of family members available to care for them will only increase at a 0.8% rate. - Source: The Center on an Aging Society, Georgetown University.
- Family caregivers experiencing extreme stress have been shown to age prematurely. This level of stress can take as much as 10 years off a family caregiver's life. - Source: Arno, Peter S., Economic Value of Informal Caregiving.
- American businesses can lose as much as $34 billion each year due to employees need to care for loved ones 50 years of age and older. - Source: Metlife Mature Market Institutes.
- 44.4 million caregivers (or one out of every five households ) are involved in caregiving to persons aged 18 or over. - Source: National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.
- Over three-quarters (78%) of adults living in the community and in need of long-term care depend on family and friends as their only source of help; 14% receive a combination of informal and formal care (i.e., paid help); only 8% used formal care or paid help only. - Source: Thompson, L. Long-term care: Support for family caregivers.
- Most people-nearly 79%-who need Long-Term Care live at home or in community settings, not in institutions. - Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
- 34 million adults (16% of population) provide care to adults 50+ years. - Source: National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.
- 8.9 million caregivers (20% of adult caregivers) care for someone 50+ years who have dementia. - Source: Alzheimer's Association and National Alliance for Caregiving.
- 42% f caregivers live within twenty minutes of the care recipient. One-quarter of care recipients (24%) live with the caregiver and another one-fifth (19%) live within an hour of the care recipient. The remaining 15% of caregivers live more than an hour from the care recipient. - Source: National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.
- The number of long-distance caregivers in the U.S. who are caring for an older relative range are between 5 million and 7 million. Long-distance caregivers are generally defined as living more than one hour from the older adult needing assistance. - Source: National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.
- Caregivers live an average of 480 miles from the people for which they care. - Source: Long Distance Caregiver Project - Alzheimer's Association LA & Riverside, Los Angeles, CA.
- Starting in 2000, the number of long distance caregivers will double over the next 15 years. - Source: Long Distance Caregiver Project - Alzheimer's Association LA & Riverside, Los Angeles, CA.
- The vast majority of adults (78%) in the U.S. who receive long-term care at home get all their care from unpaid family and friends. Another 14% receive some combination of family care and paid help; only 8% rely on formal care alone. - Source: Thompson, L. Long-Term Care: Support for Family Caregivers. Long-Term Financing Project.
- Forty-eight percent of caregivers reported using at least one of seven outside services (e.g., transportation, home-delivered meals, respite, etc.) to supplement their caregiving. Source: National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.
- People with moderate dementia have been able to defer institutionalization by nearly a year when their family members receive caregiver support services, including counseling, information and ongoing support. Source: A Comprehensive Support Program: Effect on Depression in Spouse-Caregiver of Alzheimer's Disease Patients.
- More than two-thirds of caregivers (of aging adults with disabilities) found their role rewarding despite providing more than 40 hours of care per week. Source: Archives of Internal Medicine.
- Elders represent the fastest-growing age group in the United States. It is projected that the 75+ population will increase 70% by 2025.
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia alone afflict 4 million Americans, a figure expected to
increase 350% by 2050 if no cure is found.
- Long-term care is experiencing a substantial annual growth rate. By 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services predicts an 83% increase in government spending alone. By 2040, the long-term care market is projected to grow
- By the year 2020, 12 million older Americans will require long-term care services.
In honor of all families impacted by Alzheimer's