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The Sandwich Generation: Adult Child Caregiver Population Growing

by on January 03, 2015 3:45 PM

Many adults are caring for both their children and their parents or another older loved one.

The number of adult child caregivers is one of the most significant, yet most overlooked, populations in our nation.

According to the best calculation there are an estimated 15 to 24 million adult-child caregivers in the United States today.

If family caregivers were paid, the value of their services would be more than $450 billion annually.

Approximately two-thirds of the adult-child caregivers are women. On average, adult children spend approximately 20 hours per week in caregiving activities for aging parents. Those hours double if a parent has Alzheimer's or some other type of dementia.

Since the majority of adult children are employed, caregiving means the adult child works a "regular" job and then spends time as if she held an additional part-time job or possibly full-time job in caring for parents or in-laws. This caregiving can exact a toll on the caregiver and family, jeopardizing health, relationships and economic well-being.

Senior service providers, including Foxdale Village, are looking to help adult child caregivers by exploring the possibility of establishing an ACAPcommunity chapter in the area.

ACAPcommunity is a nonprofit organization that provides monthly educational programs to adult child caregivers of aging parents. It was founded in 2012 in Hickory, N.C., with the goal of providing information, resources, support and community for attendees.

ACAPcommunity programs are facilitated by local experts. A monthly program is approximately 90 minutes in length and includes time for a presentation, question-and-answer period and fellowship at the end. The day and time of the meetings will be determined by the majority of interested attendees. All communication with and contact information of ACAPcommunity participants is confidential and will not be shared with others.

If you're interested in starting an ACAPcommunity chapter in State College area you should visit www.foxdalevillage.org  to complete a survey.

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