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Who Are Caregivers?

Many people spend so much time caring for a loved one and they don't recognize themselves as being a caregiver.

A caregiver can be anyone:

  • Older adults taking care of their spouses.
  • Children or grandchildren taking care of their parents or grandparents.
  • Neighbors or friends taking care of an older adult living down the street.
  • Grandparents taking care of grandchildren.

Family caregiving is very common; according to AARP, in 2020, 1 in 5 Americans were caregivers. Many caregivers live with or near to the person for whom they provide care; other caregivers may be living in another city or state. A variety of programs and support services are available to caregivers.

What Does a Caregiver Do?

Caregivers provide a variety of supports to a family member, friend or neighbor which could include:

  • Driving an older adult to medical appointments or picking up medications.
  • Going to the grocery store or shopping for an older adult.
  • Helping an older adult pay bills or manage finances.
  • Assisting with household tasks like mowing the lawn or cleaning the home.
  • Other activities to support an older adult’s independence and well-being.