Want to know what caregiving looks like here in America? According to a AARP and National Alliance for Caregiving study, there are nearly 40 million unpaid caregivers across the US providing care for loved one who are elderly, disabled, or otherwise in need of assistance. A quarter of them are millennials, and half of them are under the age of 50.
This is an issue that touches all of our lives in some way. Whether you personally are in a caregiving role, or are impacted by friends and co-workers around you, caregiving is no longer a small issue we can ignore. And in fact, its one that growing all the time.
By 2020, it’s predicted that 117 million Americans will be in need of some kind of caregiving skill, yet the overall number of unpaid caregivers will only reach 45 million. With that variance, we’ll need a variety of resources and tools to make up the difference. And we’ll be looking for new technologies to bring help in many different areas of our lives.
The Daily Essentials
As a society, we’ll continue to need the most help in the way we live our daily lives. Food preparation, personal care, home repair, delivery options, transportation services, even day to day contact are all a part of helping keep us active and well. And when the person you are caring for requires extended help, it cuts into your daily routine as well. Any service that can add more time to your day can be a welcome relief. An extra set of hands to help get the chores done should always be at the top of your list. In home caregiving skills will top the list in many aspects. [Read more…]