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Family Caregiving

  • Is Common
    • 34 Million adults (16% of the population) are taking care of family or friends aged 50+
    • 350,000 family caregivers in CT and we know that this is the tip of the iceberg
    • The number of family caregivers is likely to increase 85% between 2000-2050.
    • Family caregivers provide 80% of all home care services, and over 50% of caregivers receive no assistance at all.
  • Is Expensive
    • Unreimbursed expenses for family caregivers total an estimated $1.5 billion annually
    • Informal caregivers are estimated to lose an average of:
      • $25,494 in Social Security benefits
      • $67,202 in pension benefits
      • $566,433 in wage wealth
    • Value of “free” services provided by family caregivers is estimated to be $306 billion per year and climbing.
  • Is Hard!
    • 64% of baby boomer family caregivers (aged 50-64) are also employed full time
    • Elderly caregivers (66-96 years of age) experiencing caregiver stress have a 63% higher mortality rate than their non-caregiving peers of the same age
    • Physical symptoms exhibited by caregivers: depression (60%), sleeplessness (51%), and back pain (41%)

That’s why at the North Central Area Agency on Aging we fund and/or directly administer programs designed to assist families in caring for their loved ones at home.


The North Central Area Agency on Aging offers resources to help you care for a loved one at home:

Respite Care Services– The Statewide Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program provides short-term respite care for families worn down by the 24/7 needs of family members with cognitive impairment. The CT National Family Caregiver Support Program (CT NFCSP) provides a broad-based program to assist caregivers in our region to maintain their family members at home.
Read more on our Respite Care Services.

Transitioning from a Nursing Home– Money Follows the Person is intended to aid in rebalancing Connecticut’s long-term care system so that individuals have maximum independence and freedom of choice regarding where they live and receive support services. An integral element of the demonstration is the transitioning of eligible persons from nursing homes to the community. NCAAA’s Transition coordinators provide one-on-one assistance with this move.
More on Transitioning from a Nursing Home.

Low Cost Community Elder Services– NCAAA allocates funding to local community-based agencies so that elder services can be provided to individuals most in need. These programs are offered at low- or no-cost and are designed to address the un-met needs of the municipality or region as a whole.
Read more on our Low Cost Community Elder services.

Long Term Care Services– Aging & Disability Resource Centers are tasked with serving as highly visible and trusted places where people can turn for the full range of long term support services.
More on Long Term Care Services.


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