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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 L, Reinhard S, Houser A, Choula R. Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update–the growing contributions and costs of family caregiving. AARP Public Policy Institute. 2011; https://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/ppi/ltc/i51-caregiving.pdf

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 L, Reinhard S, Houser A, Choula R
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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