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Respite Services Hope To Start A “New Conversation” About Caregiving.

January 31, 2019

Health Affairs (1/31, Genewick reports respite services can “represent a true win-win” for family caregivers who “feel overwhelmed” by their responsibilities, “benefiting the health and well-being of both caregivers and the older loved ones for whom they care.” According to a recent report by AARP New York, the article says that there are “2.6 million unpaid caregivers providing 2.4 billion hours of care to family members and friends,” and there are not enough respite programs to meet the demand. Additionally, the article notes that caregiving is a “national issue,” pointing to a 2015 report published by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving that indicated “every day more than 43.5 million of our friends, neighbors, and relatives provide caregiving services for a parent or parent-in-law, spouse, relative, or other loved one.” As a result, family caregivers “are at higher risk than non-caregivers for emotional distress, depression, social isolation...and other negative physical and mental health effects,” Health Affairs says.

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