If you have an elderly relative or family member, the chances that you will provide some kind of elder care service are increasing. According to a recent survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, nearly 40% of adults provided some kind of elder care services in 2013. That’s nearly 2 out of every 5 people, and it represents a significant increase from the 30% that were providing such care only three years ago in 2010.
The study reveals that about 40% of men and 37% of women have provided elder care services within the past year. Of those, people between the ages of 30 and 64 were the most likely to provide such care. Additionally, those with household incomes above $50,000 were much more likely to provide elder care services than those with incomes below $50,000.
The research reveals further evidence of the growing impact the aging population is having on the American way of life. Experts say that the number of people who require elder care has increased dramatically as medical technology has advanced, as the proportion of elderly people increases, and as the economy has caused many families to cut back on their savings.
Many people are also living with more chronic diseases, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about half of all Americans have such a disease. As elderly people develop chronic diseases they often rely upon family members to provide services to help them through their daily lives.
When facing these issues, it is important to remember that an experienced and qualified elder law attorney can provide extremely valuable assistance.