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Caregiving

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Caregivers provide care to people who need some degree of ongoing assistance with everyday tasks on a regular or daily basis. It is a crucial, often overlooked, aspect of community life.  While some facets of caregiving can be rewarding, it can also take a toll on caregivers’ health, well-being and productivity. This is particularly true for dementia caregiving, which often entails prolonged and intensive assistance.  
 
People with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are usually cared for by family members or friends. The majority (80%) of people with Alzheimer’s and dementias receive care in their home, which can add its own challenges. There are currently more than 73,000 unpaid caregivers in Iowa whose care is valued at over $995 million.
 
Family caregivers of persons with these diseases are at greater risk for anxiety, depression and poorer quality of life than caregivers of people with other conditions. Short breaks can be critical to maintaining your own health. Help is available—view our resources or contact us for more information.
 

Caregiving Resources

Iowa Caregiving Statistics infographic

Iowa Caregiving Statistics 

Caregiving Infographic in Spanish

Prestación de Cuidados 

Create a Caregiving Care Plan

Respite Care

Podcast: Caring for Caregivers with the CDC