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.