AARP Finds Many NYC Residents Caring for a Relative or Spouse Facing Burnout, Demographic Shift Spells Worse News for Next Generation
Across New York state, over 4 million people are providing unpaid care for a relative or spouse who is ill, frail or elderly. The value of this care is over $32 billion dollars. In New York City the group is at a breaking point, stressed out and financially strained with a looming demographic shift adding another problem, today's caregivers may not have someone to care for them.
A new AARP survey takes a harder look at the issues facing caregivers in New York City and what they want who they vote for to do about it.
When it comes to family caregivers getting the support they need, New York State lags behind the rest of the nation, ranking dead last according to the State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard (http://bit.ly/1bvxRZ8). AARP says that lack of support is causing serious pressure on New York caregivers.
"Providing crucial care for older relatives is a reality for many New Yorkers and it's also a point of major struggle as they look for resources and support," said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State. "Caregivers in New York City are strained and stressed, and they are looking for help."
The caregiving crisis in NYC:
In New York City, the lack of support is all too evident for caregivers, the AARP survey of 50+ voters in NYC finds: