The unpaid care provided by 62,000 family caregivers in North Dakota is valued at $1 billion, according to new state data available in AARP’s latest report in the Valuing the Invaluable series (aarp.org/valuing). While the number of caregivers in North Dakota dropped by 6,000 people, the hours of caregiving rose from 57 to 58 million and the unpaid contributions of caregivers increased by $20 million since the last report was released in 2019. The report highlights the growing scope and complexity of family caregiving and highlights actions needed to address the many challenges of caring for parents, spouses, and other loved ones.
“Family caregivers play a vital role in North Dakota’s health care system, whether they care for someone at home, coordinate home health care, or help care for someone who lives in a nursing home,” said Josh Askvig, AARP ND State Director. “We know that a top priority of North Dakotans over 50 is to live independently and have access to services as they age. That is directly linked to ensuring that family caregivers – more than 60% of whom also work full or part time – have the financial, emotional and social support they need to help loved ones stay in their homes and communities.”
AARP ND is fighting and will continue to fight for family caregivers and the loved ones they care for. During the 2023 Legislative Session, AARP ND is focused on ensuring funding for accessible and affordable housing; expanding access to safe and affordable long-term care services, senior nutrition funding, enhancements to the Aging and Disability Resource Link; and increasing resources and support for the 62,000 unpaid North Dakota family caregivers. This includes:
Read the full report aarp.org/valuing for national and state-by-state data on the economic value of unpaid care by family and friends.
Download the ND Factsheet: AARP ND Valuing Invaluable
Resources and information on family caregiving are available at aarp.org/caregiving.
This story is provided by AARP North Dakota. Visit the AARP North Dakota page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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