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More than 60 million new family caregivers each year

Every year, 61.6 million family caregivers take on the roll of unpaid caregiver to a family member or loved one.

Feinberg, Lynn, Susan C. Reinhard, Ari Houser, and Rita Choula. Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update–The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving. AARP Public Policy Institute. 2011; http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-07-2011/valuing-the-invaluable.html

Reference

Title
Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update–The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving
Publication
AARP Public Policy Institute
Publication Date
2011
Authors
Feinberg, Lynn, Susan C. Reinhard, Ari Houser, and Rita Choula
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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