Over 34 million family caregivers in the United States provide physical, emotional, and financial support for an adult age 50 or older.1 Caregiving is a physically and emotionally demanding role, which can take a toll on the caregiver’s health and well-being. To meet the needs of family caregivers, providers and health plans may benefit from strategies such as respite care, counseling, and training and education.
Family caregivers come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and health plans report challenges providing supports that meet their cultural needs and preferences.2 This Spotlight, showcasing AgeOptions, is part of a series highlighting innovative programs supporting diverse family caregivers.
1 AARP Public Policy Institute, National Alliance for Caregiving. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S. Retrieved from https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/ppi/2015/caregiving-in-the-united-states-2015-report-revised.pdf
2 Reinhard, S.C., Fox-Grage, W., Feinberg, L.F., Edwards, B.C., Downie, J., & Moscardino, D. (2017). Emerging Innovations in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports for Family Caregivers.AARP Policy Institute. Retrieved from http://www.longtermscorecard.org/~/media/Microsite/Files/2017/2017%20Scorecard/AARP1202_EI_EmerInnovationLTSS_Oct31v2.pdf