A new report by the USC Edward R. Royal Institute on Aging and USAgainstAlzheimer’s has found that a surprising number of millennials are caring for someone with dementia in the United States.
The report, “Millennials and Dementia Caregiving in the U.S.,” found that 1 out of every 6 millennial caregivers was caring for someone with dementia.
The study used dates from a previous caregiver study, “Caregiving in the U.S. 2015,” and pulled data pertaining solely to millennials – those born between 1981 and 1996. For the purposes of the study, millennial caregivers are defined as “persons between the ages of 18 and 34 years at the time of initial data collection who provide unpaid care to a friend or relative by helping with personal needs or household chores.”
Other key findings include:
Millennial caregivers for people with dementia reported performing a variety of caregiving duties. These include:
More than a physical strain, 18% of millennial caregivers reported a worsening of their own health and 52% expressed the need for information and support to manage their own stress.
María Aranda, associate professor and interim executive director at the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging says, “Caregiving to family members with dementia can be a full-time job. Caring for the millennial caregiver is a societal investment with the potential of delaying family burdens and healthcare costs in the future.”
In that light, the report also outlines policy and programming recommendations for millennial caregivers:
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