Millions of adults could not maintain their independence without the support of unpaid caregivers. As the older adult population continues to increase, caregivers will be relied on more than ever to provide support to family members and friends.2 In the United States, 79% of caregivers provide care for adults 50 or older, and 76% of care recipients are 65 or older.3
Caregiving often requires cognitive accuracy. Almost 80% of caregivers help manage household tasks, such as finances, cleaning, and preparing meals. More than 50% help with personal tasks, such as managing medications, feeding, dressing, or bathing.
Nearly 1 in 5 caregivers reports fair or poor health,4 and those with SCD are more likely to have at least one chronic health condition.1 SCD and other health conditions may affect a caregiver’s ability to provide care for their family and friends, including their ability to manage appointments and medicines.