Three In Five Caregivers Say Their Children Help Care For Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s Disease
Results from the third annual Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) ICAN: Investigating Caregivers’ Attitudes and Needs Survey suggest that Alzheimer’s disease care is a family affair. Most “sandwich caregivers” – the parents or guardians of children under 21 who also care for an aging parent, other relative or friend with Alzheimer’s disease – say their children are assisting with caregiving responsibilities that range from attending doctors’ appointments to feeding and dressing their loved ones.
Survey results released today found that about three in five caregivers say their children aged 8 to 21 are involved in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Of the caregivers who feel they do a good job balancing the care of their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and children under 21, more than one-third (36%) specifically cited support from children as a contributor to their success.