AARP Survey Reveals Realities Of Caregiving

Posted at 9:22 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 22:22:07-05
A survey released by the AARP stated 981,000 Tennesseans have been taking care of their parents, spouses or other loved ones whom can no longer take care of themselves.
"Today in Tennessee, a silent army of nearly one million unpaid family caregivers represent a critical part of our state's care system" said Rebecca Kelly, State Director of AARP Tennessee.
The survey revealed more than half of the respondents are currently providing some type of care, while 55% expect to do so in the future.
Caregivers reported spending the majority of their time grocery shopping, transporting their loved one, doing household chores and preparing meals.
70% of their time was spent helping with medications and 69% of their time was spent providing some sort of medical/nursing help.
The survey also revealed the challenges of being a caregiver and 60% of the respondents reported feeling emotionally stressed.
"This survey reveals the reality of caregiving in Tennessee and supports the need for state lawmakers to stand with our family caregivers" said Rebecca Kelly.
To read the entire survey click here