There has been a series of studies conducted by Gallup that have found the reality of the life of caregivers in the U.S.
The first study discovered that the majority of individuals who are caregiving are of lower income and education status. This could be because the people who are wealthier are able to hire caregivers to provide home care for their loved one.
Another study found that caregiving without support can take a toll on on both emotional and physical health. These responsibilities can also affect a person's career. The most recent study found that 36 percent caregivers missed one to five days of work a year.
According to the AARP, the value of unpaid family caregivers in the U.S. was around $450 billion in 2009.
"We know most people want to remain in their own homes and communities as they get older. Family caregiving is key to making that possible," said Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President for Public Policy at AARP.