One in five Americans are providing care to an adult or a child because of a health care need or functional disability, according to a report from the National Alliance for Caregiving, the Diverse Elders Coalition and the National Minority Quality Forum.
The report, “Caregiving in a Diverse America: Beginning to Understand the Systemic Challenges Facing Family Caregivers,” highlights significant disparities in support, caregiving intensity, health, and financial impacts among caregivers of color, LGBTQ caregivers, as well as caregivers across different income brackets and geographical areas.
With a focus on data and story snapshots representing caregivers from different population groups, the report seeks to reveal trends and share conclusions for each group. The report also looks at the influence of socioeconomic status on caregiving as well as the challenges of caregiving in rural versus urban settings.
For detailed research, findings and conclusions, which can help inform more inclusive age- and dementia friendly community efforts, see the full report here.