Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Reports on Health and Support Needs of Caregivers

Apr 23, 2024

Over 30% of older adult caregivers report simultaneously receiving care for their own daily activities, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 

Caregiving was defined by self-reported assistance of another adult with day-to-day activities due to age or disability; overlapping care-receiving was defined by simultaneous receipt of help for at least one activity of daily living (ADL) or independent ADL (IADL).

Of the 444 caregivers surveyed for the study, the mean age was 67.8 years, 55.8% were women, 78.1% were non-Hispanic White, 54.7% self-identified as primary caregivers, and 30.7% were caring for a spouse.

Outside of this study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an online resource for supporting caregivers. Also, the Diverse Elders Coalition has a toolkit of supporting and meeting the needs of diverse caregivers.