A recent study by Northwest Mutual Insurance discovered that caregivers in the United States are spending more money on caring while financially planning less. The study found that 7 in 10 caregivers reported lowering their own spending to be able to pay for caregiving costs for a parent or senior loved one.
Learn more about the cost of dementia care in the U.S. and the increased financial pressure on caregivers caring for senior loved ones.
The 2018 Costs, Accountabilities, Realities and Expectations (C.A.R.E.) Study polled Americans on many aspects of caregiving and longevity.
The C.A.R.E. Study examined four categories of long-term care planning, including:
Data from the study were gathered from online surveys among 1,004 adults, aged 18 and older in the U.S. The demographics of people polled included over 200 people aged 35-49 and just over 700 experienced caregivers. The report was published in March of 2018.
Facts and figures from the C.A.R.E. report include:
“While financial expectations for caregivers continue to grow, unfortunately planning is taking a back seat,” Kamilah Williams-Kemp, Vice President of Long-Term Care at Northwestern Mutual, states.
“In an environment of rising costs and fluctuating economic and healthcare realities, winging it isn’t an option. Being proactive before a long-term event happens can help ensure that you can still take care of your own needs while caring for someone else’s well-being.”
Another report from the Alzheimer’s Association furthers this point, detailing the cost of dementia care in the U.S. and its impact on families:
Although many Americans are well aware of the impending costs — and probability — of a caregiving or long-term care event in the future, a large number of Americans polled said they have not planned financially.
“According to our data, Gen X and even Millennials are the heart of the sandwich generation and struggling with the competing pressures of caring for aging family members and their own children while building financial security and maintaining a lifestyle,” noted Williams-Kemp.
“To break this cycle, it’s imperative to have candid conversations with family members about your expectations and work together to develop a realistic strategy for your future care that will serve everyone’s best interests.”
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