In the United States today, 3.5 million people with dementia live at home and are cared for by family members. As the older adult population continues to increase along with the prevalence of dementia, there is greater need for "family-centered care," writes Terry Fulmer, The John A. Hartford Foundation President in her most recent Huffington Post article.
It is estimated that caregivers of people with high needs like dementia may spend a staggering 252 hours per month on this care, an amount of time equivalent to almost two full-time jobs. Similarly to a full time job, caregiving could be exhaustive and can have long term effects on a caregivers health, well-being, and financial security. Dr. Fulmer points to several evidence-based programs and technological innovation that can help improve the lives of family caregivers, however more public and private sector investment is required to reach the millions of families in need.
Read the full article on The Huffington Post website.