Silver Book Fact

A larger proportion of older community residents who received personal assistance were relying entirely on their informal caregivers in 1991 than in 1994 (2/3 compared to 57% in 1994) as a result of the decline in formal care.

Spillman, Brenda, and Kirsten Black. Staying the Course: Trends in family caregiving. Washington, DC: AARP; 2005. http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/il/2005_17_caregiving.pdf

Reference

Title
Staying the Course: Trends in family caregiving
Publication
AARP Public Policy Institute
Publisher
AARP
Publication Date
2005
Authors
Spillman, Brenda, and Kirsten Black
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • 40% of American adults reported that they went without care in 2004 because of costs during the year. This rate is 4 times higher than in the U.K., the benchmark…  
  • Two-thirds of people over the age of 65 will need long-term care in their lifetimes.  
  • In 2006, Alzheimer’s disease became the 6th leading cause of death, compared to its ranking of 7th in 2005. Diabetes, ranked 6th in 2005, became the 7th leading cause in…  
  • Of the total health care spending in Medicare households, 62.9% is spent on health insurance premiums, 18.1% is spent on prescription drugs, 15.3% is spent on medical services, and 3.8%…  
  • In 2004, older Americans with no chronic conditions spent an average of $800 on prescription drugs. Those with 5 or more chronic conditions spent on average $3,862.