Many Americans might think that a traditional family unit of grandparents, parents and children all living under one roof is a thing of the past, but a new report, Caregiving in the U.S., suggests that many older Americans receive homecare from their family members.
The study revealed that 65.7 million Americans opt to be caregivers in their own home, rather than placing their loved ones in an assisted living community.
Of these individuals, most are caring for an aging parent. In fact, about one in three Americans is tasked with this responsibility.
The majority of caregivers are women in their late 40s. Nearly all of those receiving assistance are family members (86 percent) and many are their caregiver's mother or father.
Alzheimer's care is the most common reason that an elderly family member will need at homecare. The study found that 12 percent of the adults being cared for suffer from the disease. Because it can be emotionally difficult to care for an aging family member, it is advisable for primary caregivers to seek support from friends and their community.
The National Institute of Aging offers advice on how to help those with Alzheimer's enjoy family gatherings, holidays and daily activities.