Silver Book Fact

Impact of family caregiving on individual health

Family caregivers commonly experience poor health and are at increased risk for heart disease, poor immune function, fatigue, depression, and more.

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
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • Nursing home spending increased 4.8% in 2007 to reach $131.3 billion.  
  • 11% of caregiving spouses were age 85 or older, up from 8.6% in 1994.  
  • The hospitalization rate in 2007 was 336 stays per 1,000 Medicare enrollees.  
  • Older Persons with Disability, Their Family Availability and Care Arrangements, 1994 and 1999  
  • Over 2/5 of Americans age 65 and older who had health care expenses paid at least $1,000 out-of-pocket in 2003.