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Facts and figures about elder care and family caregivers in Connecticut

By Peter DiMaria

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America is graying fast and so is Connecticut. According to the Pew Research Center 10,000 Americans daily celebrate a 65th birthday, since 2011. The New England region is the nation's eldest and Connecticut is the seventh oldest state, according to 2011 Census data. If only those older than 85 years old are considered, Connecticut is the third in the nation.

Connecticut is home to one million Baby Boomers. They comprise almost one-third of the state’s population.

By 2025, Connecticut will be home to 1.3 million residents age 55 and older — 35 percent of the state's population, according to the CT Economic Resource Center (CERC). The number of persons 85 or older is estimated to increase three times by 2040.

That assures Connecticut will remain one of the top 10 oldest states in the country, a reality that has broad implications for business, government, healthcare and education institutions, posing both opportunities and challenges that if not harnessed correctly could threaten the state's future economic competitiveness.

Increasing numbers of older adults will play central roles, both as caregivers and as recipients of care, in their families. They will pressure municipal and state institutions to make sure that their communities have the infrastructure, services and resources to support aging in place.

By 2030, the number of persons in need of Long Term Care will increase 61% for people 85 years old or more; 51% for those who will be 75 to 84; and 53% for people who will be from 60 to 74 years old.

According to Connecticut’s North Central Area Agency on the Aging (NCAAACT), there are currently 350.000 people in Connecticut taking care of family or friends aged 50 or more. These family caregivers provide 80% of all existent home care services. More than 50% of these caregivers do not receive any assistance or help.

Family caregiving is also a hard task. Around 64% of baby boomers who are family caregivers (50 to 64 years old), do it while being employed full time. Elderly caregivers (those over 66 years old) who suffer from caregiver stress have a 63% higher mortality rate than their non-caregiving persons of the same age, according to the NCAAACT. The most common symptoms of caregiver stress are depression (60%), sleeplessness (51%), and back pain (41%).


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