39 percent of U.S. adults provide unpaid care for a loved one with health issues, according to a new report published by the Pew Research Center. This figure represents an increase of 9 percent since a similar report was published in 2010.
Researchers surveyed over three thousand U.S. adults to compile the report. 36 percent of those surveyed said they provided unpaid care for an adult with chronic health conditions or disabilities, compared to 27 percent in 2010. Two-thirds of that group responded that they care for one adult, while one-third said they care for more than one adult. 47 percent of those who care for adults say at least one is their parent or parent-in-law.
Technology was found to be a great aide for caregivers. 72 percent of caregivers said they use the internet to gather health information, 46 percent go online to diagnose health conditions, and 24 percent review medication information online. However, of the 39 percent of caregivers who manage medications for a loved one, only 7 percent used internet- or mobile-based technology to do so. A 2012 survey indicated most caregivers found medication management challenging, with almost half of them receiving little to no training.
The report found that being a caregiver takes a toll on one’s own health, as caregivers were more likely to experience a serious medical emergency or be hospitalized when compared to the health status of non-caregivers. A more positive consequence of being a caregiver is that they are more likely to be aware of their own health. Caregivers were found to be significantly more likely to watch their weight and diet, and track health indicators such as blood pressure, blood sugar, and sleep habits.
Read the full report: Family Caregivers are Wired for Health.
Community Awareness and Education, Consumer Funding Resources, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Finance, News, Research
The number of consumers age 60 and higher with student loan debt has quadrupled since 2005, and the amount they owe also has increased dramatically. N...
Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Medication Technology & Informatics, News
The use of connected health devices is still low across the globe, with China leading the world in their adoption, according to a new poll from Ipsos,...
Facts and Figures, Research
A team of researchers set out to discover whether and why an older adult successfully recovers from a stumble, finding that it’s not only lower limb s...
Thank you for being a loyal reader of Argentum Update in 2016. We have compiled the most widely read articles of the year for your review and referenc...
Community Awareness and Education, Employee Compensation, Finance, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education, News, Research
More than half of older Americans in the lowest socioeconomic tier can expect to face an income gap if they retire when they would like to, according ...