Families Caring for an Aging America

Santa Barbara Foundation Supports the National Academies of Sciences Research and Report on ‘Families Caring for an Aging America’

In September, the Santa Barbara Foundation joined fourteen other sponsors in the public release of Families Caring for an Aging America, a report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The publication details the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults as well as its personal impact on caregivers’ health, economic security, and overall well-being. Most importantly, the report examines the available evidence on the effectiveness of programs and interventions designed to support family caregivers.

“We are pleased to support this groundbreaking study,” shared Phylene Wiggins, Senior Director of Community Investments. “The findings are a ringing endorsement of the foundation’s investments and the work of our partner organizations in the Community Caregiving Initiative, and have provided us with fresh ideas of how we can deepen our work in Santa Barbara County.”

The Community Caregiving Initiative is a long-term commitment to innovative solutions supporting the people who need care and the people who care for them. The initiative is working to establish effective caregiver support systems through the development of cross-sector networks of community organizations, including the health, social and education sectors. Wiggins added, “As we work to prepare our communities for the future, the study will serve as a roadmap to create a place where individuals and families have what they need to successfully navigate the journey of aging.”

At least 17.7 million individuals in the United States are family caregivers of someone age 65 and older who has a significant limitation in their physical, mental or cognitive functioning. In Santa Barbara County, this number is 70,000 and will continue to grow. The recommendations outlined in Families Caring for an Aging America will help support and inform our local, state and national advocates suggest as well as leaders as they promote and develop new policies to support caregiving for those who need it most.

The link to download the full report is available at: sbfoundation.org/caregiver.

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