Interesting Facts about Caregiving
Today we have 605 million people over the age of 60. By 2050 that will have increased to 2 billion. By 2030 New Mexico will be one out of ten states that will have more people
over 60 than under 18.
Projected increases: 65 – 69 128%
70 – 74 155 %
75 – 79 160%
80 – 84 196%
Over 85 224%
Currently 85% of caregiving is done by a family member. Thirty eight percent of these caregivers are over 55 years of age. Fifty percent are employed outside the home. Thirty five percent have children at home.
Risks for caregivers
Increased health problems
Increased risk of premature death for spouse caregivers
Twice as likely to be living in poverty
Formal caregivers (Respite services like those Companion Care provides enable family caregivers to continue their role longer and delay institutionalization.)
There are approximately 1.85 million people employed as caregivers and by 2010 it is estimated that 800,000 home care aides and nursing assistants will be needed.
Growing shift from institutional to in-home and community care.
Movement of decision making from the professional to the recipient
Labor needs will be dependent on immigrants and people over 55. (There
has been an increase of 42% of women between 65 & 70 and 32% of women over 70 in the workforce in the last 10 years.)
New technologies will facilitate in-home medical care
Need for creative approaches to Medicare and Social Security
- Do not smoke
- Get adequate rest
- Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated
- Use preventative medicine regularly
- Practice stress management
- Get regular physical activity
- Exercise your mind
- Stay socially connected
- Flexibility in mind and body
- Discover the benefits of aging
- Cultivate enjoyable habits that happen to be healthy.
- Identify the opportunities in everyday life that are pleasurable
- Focus on possible contributions to the community
- Eradicate boredom