Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Aging America Turns Relatives Into Caregivers
With the population aging — by 2030, the number of people age 65 and older is expected to be twice what it was in 2000 — family members and friends increasingly find themselves in caregiver roles in Morris County and across the state and nation.
It’s estimated that 34.2 million residents provide unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older, according to a 2015 study conducted by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving. (Another 9.3 million took care of a child.) More than 1 million New Jersey residents are caregivers.
While caring for a loved one can be fulfilling, it also can take a toll physically and emotionally. Too often, caregivers devote themselves to loved ones while ignoring their own needs. During National Family Caregivers Month, caregivers are encouraged to mind their own well-being.
Tips for Caregivers:
Ways to Support Caregivers:
In Morris County, you can reach out to the Caregiver Support Project (800.564.4656) which is an initiative of the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Community Programming in partnership with United Way of Morris County and the Caregivers Coalition of Morris County.
The Caregiver Support Project is designed to help caregivers access the services needed for their loved ones and themselves. Resources can be found in the Caregiver Resource Directory.The Project goes beyond information and referral to help the caregiver with problem solving, advocacy, and support to sustain them in their caregiving role.
The assistance of the Caregiver Coordinator can be accessed by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Connection number: 1-800-564-4656 or by visiting the Aging, Disabilities and Veterans office.
NewBridge Services provides support through its counseling services. For help, visit NewBridge at newbridge.org or call (973) 316-9333. NewBridge is a provider of counseling services, housing and educational programs in northern New Jersey serving 10,000 adults and seniors last year.