Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update: The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Care giving
January 1, 2011
This report highlights the U.S.’s 42.1 million unpaid family caregivers, who accounted for an estimated $450 billion in value in 2009, up from $375 billion in 2007. The authors outline the toll that unpaid care giving takes on wages, health benefits, savings, and physical and emotional health. The report advocates a significant investment of resources into these caregivers, and concludes with a list of policy recommendations intended to develop a better support system for them.