At last. Last week the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) released a report on my very favorite topic: family caregivers of older adults.
The official title is “Families Caring for an Aging America.” Hence this report is indeed specific to caregiving for older adults, defined in this report as aged 65 or older. (In comparison, last year’s Caregiving in the US 2015 report considered a broader range of caregiving recipients.)
So if you have any interest — personal or professional — in the families and friends who are helping older adults, this report is a must read. The full report also addresses the role and potential of newer technologies, especially in Chapter 4.
As with many NASEM reports, the main report page provides the following:
- A four-page “Report in Brief“
- A two-page summary of the committee’s recommendations
- A press release
- Links so that you can download or read the full 280-page report (it’s free)
Some data highlights
I haven’t read the full report yet, but here are some interesting data highlights I’ve come across so far:
Statistics on how many older adults are getting help. These seem to be mainly drawn from 2011 data.
- 6.3 million older adults (17% of those age 65+) received help with household tasks and/or “self-care” (meaning ADLs such as bathing, toileting, dressing, eating, or mobility).
- An additional 3.5 million older adults received help due to having dementia.