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Family Caregiving in the U.S. Is Worth $470 Billion a Year; AARP Also Releases New State-Specific Figures



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-- The table of state-specific figures appears below the script; for more information about the overall report ("Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update"), click here. --

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Approximately [number] family-caregivers, in [state], provided [number] hours of unpaid care--worth an estimated [number] dollars--to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved-ones, in 2013.  That's according to a just-released report by A-A-R-P's "Public Policy Institute"Susan Reinhard is the Institute's senior vice-president and director...

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OUR NEW REPORT NOT ONLY REVEALS THE LATEST CAREGIVING-RELATED FIGURES, IT ALSO SHINES A LIGHT ON HOW FAMILY-CAREGIVING HAS BECOME MUCH MORE COMPLEX, STRESSFUL, AND COSTLY THAN EVER BEFORE.  TODAY, AMERICANS BOTH LIVE LONGER AND HAVE FEWER CHILDREN--AND FEWER FAMILY-MEMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR OLDER ADULTS TO RELY ON, FOR EVERYDAY HELP.  THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO DO MUCH MORE--IN PUBLIC-POLICY, IN THE WORKPLACE, AND IN HEALTHCARE--TO SUPPORT FAMILY-CAREGIVERS."

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Gwen Miller is one of the millions of Americans who care for an older family-member or other loved-one...

(MILLER):
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MY MOM HAD A STROKE WHEN SHE WAS GETTING READY TO GO TO WORK.  THAT PRETTY MUCH CHANGED EVERYTHING, FOR BOTH OF US.  NOW, I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR HER MEDICATION, GETTING HER DRESSED, FEEDING HER, PUTTING HER TO BED, ENTERTAINING HER--PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING--ALL WHILE I WORK FULL-TIME.  I WISH THAT PEOPLE KNEW HOW STRESSFUL IT IS, HOW COSTLY IT IS, HOW TIME-CONSUMING IT IS, AND HOW NECESSARY IT IS.  IT'S A LOT OF WORK--AND IT ISN'T A TASK FOR THE WEAK.  BUT, WHEN I PUT MY MOM TO BED--AND SHE SAYS, 'THANK YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF ME; I LOVE YOU'--I'D DO IT ALL AGAIN, A MILLION TIMES."

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Family-caregivers can share their stories--and learn more--at "a-a-r-p"-dot-org-slash-"i-heart-caregivers".

State Name (Listed Alphabetically; D.C. also Included)

State Population

Number of Caregivers

Number of Care Hours (in Millions)

Economic Value per Hour

Total Economic Value (in Millions)

Alabama

4,830,000

761,000

708

$10.89

$7,720

Alaska

735,000

84,900

79

$15.05

$1,190

Arizona

6,630,000

804,000

749

$12.60

$9,430

Arkansas

2,960,000

452,000

421

$11.20

$4,710

California

38,300,000

4,450,000

4,140

$13.94

$57,700

Colorado

5,270,000

584,000

543

$13.68

$7,430

Connecticut

3,600,000

459,000

427

$13.87

$5,930

Delaware

926,000

123,000

114

$13.86

$1,580

District of Columbia

646,000

75,200

70

$12.44

$870

Florida

19,600,000

2,670,000

2,490

$11.93

$29,700

Georgia

9,990,000

1,330,000

1,240

$11.29

$14,000

Hawaii

1,400,000

154,000

144

$14.59

$2,100

Idaho

1,610,000

196,000

183

$12.06

$2,210

Illinois

12,900,000

1,560,000

1,450

$12.77

$18,500

Indiana

6,570,000

837,000

779

$12.17

$9,480

Iowa

3,090,000

317,000

295

$13.08

$3,860

Kansas

2,890,000

345,000

321

$12.01

$3,850

Kentucky

4,400,000

648,000

603

$11.57

$6,980

Louisiana

4,630,000

660,000

615

$10.53

$6,470

Maine

1,330,000

178,000

165

$13.41

$2,220

Maryland

5,930,000

771,000

717

$13.09

$9,390

Massachusetts

6,690,000

844,000

786

$14.75

$11,600

Michigan

9,900,000

1,280,000

1,190

$12.21

$14,500

Minnesota

5,420,000

585,000

544

$14.45

$7,860

Mississippi

2,990,000

501,000

467

$11.53

$5,380

Missouri

6,040,000

792,000

737

$11.52

$8,490

Montana

1,020,000

118,000

110

$12.97

$1,430

Nebraska

1,870,000

195,000

182

$13.81

$2,510

Nevada

2,790,000

348,000

324

$13.19

$4,270

New Hampshire

1,320,000

173,000

161

$14.42

$2,330

New Jersey

8,900,000

1,120,000

1,040

$13.07

$13,600

New Mexico

2,090,000

277,000

257

$12.19

$3,140

New York

19,700,000

2,580,000

2,400

$13.02

$31,300

North Carolina

9,850,000

1,280,000

1,190

$11.27

$13,400

North Dakota

723,000

62,100

58

$14.88

$860

Ohio

11,600,000

1,480,000

1,380

$11.95

$16,500

Oklahoma

3,850,000

524,000

488

$12.45

$6,070

Oregon

3,930,000

469,000

437

$13.06

$5,700

Pennsylvania

12,800,000

1,650,000

1,540

$12.47

$19,200

Rhode Island

1,050,000

134,000

124

$14.26

$1,780

South Carolina

4,770,000

706,000

657

$11.49

$7,550

South Dakota

845,000

84,600

79

$13.12

$1,030

Tennessee

6,500,000

981,000

913

$11.24

$10,300

Texas

26,400,000

3,350,000

3,120

$11.39

$35,500

Utah

2,900,000

336,000

313

$13.26

$4,150

Vermont

627,000

74,900

70

$14.55

$1,010

Virginia

8,260,000

1,030,000

956

$12.36

$11,800

Washington

6,970,000

828,000

771

$13.83

$10,700

West Virginia

1,850,000

282,000

263

$10.62

$2,790

Wisconsin

5,740,000

578,000

538

$13.15

$7,070

Wyoming

583,000

66,200

62

$13.27

$817

United States (Total)*

316,000,000

40,000,000

37,000

$12.51

$470,000

* Note: State numbers may not add up exactly to the U.S. totals because of rounding.



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