Two national movements are determined to spread awareness that many caregivers don’t have the support they need, and that women are disproportionately impacted by the financial and emotional costs of caregiving, Forbes reports.
The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and Caring Across Generations, a movement working to transform caregiving in the U.S., worked with Hart Research Associates to conduct an online survey of 1,000 adults nationwide last year.
The survey revealed that women, specifically, are more likely to be caregivers who take on the bulk of caregiving duties while also working full-time outside the home, Forbes reports.
“Caregiving in America is in crisis, but we are also seeing Americans united by our shared need and support for solutions for caregivers, to ensure our loved ones have access to the care they need,” Ai-jen Poo, co-director of Caring Across Generations, told Forbes.
In Wisconsin, these needs are felt across the state, with many residents proclaiming that they are part of the “sandwich generation” of people taking care of both aging parents and young children.
“We cannot wait another generation to address fundamental issues like child care, family medical emergencies, and long-term care for family members who have a disability, or are simply aging,” Poo continued.
“Women, families of color, and the youngest and oldest among us have been disproportionately paying the price – and broad swaths of the country’s middle class are increasingly struggling. Our loved ones deserve to know that when they need care, it will be there. It’s time for elected officials and candidates running for office to take note of the clear message Americans are sending, and to start caring about care,” she told Forbes.
Read more about the survey results from national caregivers here.