Caring For America's Caregivers



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ANCHOR LEAD: In 2013, about 40 million family caregivers in the United States provided an estimated 37 billion hours of unpaid care to an adult with limitations in daily activities. And, as our population ages, the complexity of care tasks will increase. Brian Osuch has the story. (:60) SCRIPT: Health Care Now, I'm Brian Osuch. Providing care for a family member, partner, or friend is nearly universal today. Yet family caregiving has become more complex, costly, stressful, and demanding than ever before. Dr. Susan Reinhard, with AARP… CUT: (Reinhard) There are 40 million of these individuals in our society, contributing about four hundred and seventy billion dollars of care for free. And these family caregivers are providing value to the individual, of course, helping them to stay at home, but also to society at large, this is a mayor contribution. SCRIPT: According to the Valuing the Invaluable report, we are on the edge of a "caregiving cliff", that's why Reinhard highlights the importance of assisting these caregivers. CUT: (Reinhard) Sixty percent of family caregivers are juggling jobs and other responsibilities. That's why it's really important that we help them because they are experiencing more depression and anxiety and strains on their own physical health. SCRIPT: For more information, visit AARP.org/caregiving. That's Health Care Now from AARP.
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