Partners support our vision in a number of ways, including providing family caregivers with services directly and directing them to the Institute for additional support, training and certifying Finding Meaning and Hope facilitators to offer the discussion series, and providing financial and logistical support.
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Alzheimer or dementia family caregivers provided unpaid care in 2020
projected cost of treating dementia by 2050
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were spent of unpaid care for family and friends with dementia
The National Institute of Health reports that, during 2020, more than 15 million family members and other unpaid caregivers provided an estimated 15.3 billion hours of care to people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Unpaid dementia caregiving was valued at $256.7 billion in 2020 and the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that the total cost for care will increase to more than $1.1 trillion annually by 2050. Its costs, however, extend to family caregivers’ increased risk for emotional distress and negative mental and physical health outcomes – costs that have been aggravated by COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are usually cared for by family members or friends. The majority (80%) of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are receiving care in their homes.
Approximately two-thirds of dementia caregivers are women, about one in three caregivers is age 65 or older, and approximately one-quarter of dementia caregivers are “sandwich generation” caregivers, meaning that they care not only for an aging parent, but also for children under age 18.
The demands of caregiving can limit a caregiver’s ability to take care of themselves. Family caregivers are at greater risk for anxiety, depression, and poorer quality of life than caregivers of people with other conditions.
Getting help and finding support often feels like a daunting task for many caregivers, but it doesn’t need to be. The Meaning & Hope Institute is dedicated to connecting dementia family caregivers to much needed and valuable resources to help them along their caregiving journey.
We are proud of the Finding Meaning and Hope discussion series and support group services that we provide to caregivers directly. And, through our growing group of Meaning & Hope partners, we are working to build capacity to offer more value and comprehensive support to caregivers nationwide.
The Institute began a pilot project in 2021 to roll out Finding Meaning and Hope nationally with three partner organizations: Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana; Phinney Neighborhood Association in Seattle, Washington; and The Hub on Smith in Sheridan, Wyoming. This project was made possible with generous support from the National Community Care Corps. Currently, there are Finding Meaning and Hope facilitators located in 16 states.