The Wide Circle of Caregiving

The Kaiser Family Foundation helped conduct a national survey of over 1,000 informal caregivers in 1998 to assess the policy issues involved with this new, growing role for many family members and friends. Nearly one of every four adults (23 percent) is an informal caregiver, and, as the American population ages, it is likely families will take on an even greater responsibility to keep their loved ones at home and in communities.

The Foundation is pleased to provide you with a chartpack that presents the key findings from the survey and a link to a just-released Health Affairs article principally authored by Karen Donelan.