"To Care For Others, You Cannot Forget to Care For Yourself"
In 2009, 42.1 million caregivers in the United States provided an estimated $450 billion worth of unpaid care to aging relative and friends. Almost three in 10 people who are caring for someone say their life has changed, often negatively. More than one in five says her weight, exercise habits, and/or social life have suffered. And emotionally, one in five says she is generally unhappier--with one in three saying she feels sad or depressed.
The campaign's latest round of work encourages caregivers to care not only for their loved ones, but also for themselves. The PSAs drive to AARP's Caregiving Resource Center, where caregivers can find thousands of helpful articles, tips, and tools from experts and fellow caregivers who have been in their place. A Spanish-language version of the campaign is also available and drives Hispanic caregivers to visit AARP’s Spanish site.