The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine have released a report on what is known about family caregivers of older adults and policy recommendations to address their needs and minimize barriers in caregiving. Although much has been researched and written about the rapid aging of the U.S. population, little attention has been paid to their family caregivers, who provide the majority of long term services and supports (LTSS) to their aging relatives. The report emphasizes the following points about the nature of family caregiving of older adults in the United States:
- Although the United States is aging, the size of the family is shrinking
- The experiences and impacts of family caregivers of older adults is varied, but they tend to have worse mental and physical health outcomes compared to those who are not caregivers
- Family caregivers face tremendous barriers and marginalization in delivering LTSS to their older relatives
- Interventions exist that can augment the skills of family caregivers
You can download the report by clicking this link.