A recent study by Aging showed that 34% of caregivers are contributing 0 or more each month out of their own pocket for expenses related to care for their loved one.
Furthermore, there is lost time from work, diminished earning ability, and reduced Social Security benefits when the caregiver retires.
Over 65% of older people with long-term care needs, for example, rely exclusively on family and friends to provide that care. There are many that work on an informal basis so accurate numbers are hard to come by, but caregivers are thought to be anywhere from 59 to 75% female.
Most experience several different stressors at the same time.
However, some of the most common complaints are: Caregivers often get little time to themselves and few breaks.
Every moment of their day is occupied in some kind of work.
Some work full or part time in addition to their caregiving duties, and even their sleep time may be interrupted with the needs of the elderly or disabled person.