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Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update–The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving

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    • 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.  
    • Impact of family caregiving on work
      Seven out of 10 family caregivers have to cut back on work hours, change jobs, or stop working in order to care for their loved one.  
    • Out-of-pocket costs to family caregivers
      Being a family caregiver costs $5,531 in out-of-pocket direct costs each year.  
    • 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.  
    • Economic contributions of family caregivers
      Family caregivers contribute an estimated $450 billion each year in economic value.