Excerpt from: houmatoday (click for full article)
One in four Louisianans care for a child or adult with disabilities or an older adult in their home.
It is estimated that 917,000 adults are caregivers in this state, providing more than 600 million hours of care each year that is valued at over $5.7 billion.
The average caregiver in our state is a middle-aged working woman who is caring for an aging mother in the home.
When you consider that 10,000 individuals turn 65 every day in the U.S., this role will only increase.
Caregiving for children with disabilities, adults with disabilities and adults who are aging in place starts out as a manageable activity, juggled with one’s work and other family obligations, but within five years, the caregiver often feels overwhelmed.