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National Family Caregivers Month

November 12, 2014

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Profile America — Wednesday, November 12th. November is National Family Caregivers Month, honoring the great number of relatives, friends and neighbors involved in caring for those Americans needing assistance in the home. The nonprofessional caregivers render an important and devoted service, not just to the recipients, but society. In an aging nation, volunteer caregiving lessens the strain on the country's medical system and provides an estimated $450 billion worth of service annually. Up to 40 percent of American adults are involved in some level of caregiving toward an ill or disabled loved one. There are nearly 57 million people with a disability in the U.S., a number that includes 12 million who require the assistance of others to perform basic life and hygiene activities. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>

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Family caregiver month facts
Aging population
Disabled Americans


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: October 23, 2014