October 01, 2016

New Caregiving Report from the National Academy of Medicine: Family Caring for an Aging America

(The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download at: Bifocal, Vol. 38, Issue 1.)

 

The demand for family caregivers for adults who are 65 or older is increasing significantly, and family caregivers need more recognition, information, and support to fulfill their responsibilities and maintain their own health, financial security, and well-being, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Although caregivers’ individual circumstances vary, family caregiving can negatively affect caregivers’ mental and physical health as well cause economic harm, including loss of income and career opportunities. The report calls for health care delivery system reform that elevates family-centered care alongside person-centered care to better account for the roles of family caregivers and support their involvement in the care delivery process.

Download the report for free at: http://www.nationalacademies.org/caregiving.

For more information, contact: Jill Eden at jeden@nas.edu. ■