AARP and United Way Worldwide have debuted the “Do You Care ChallengeSM,” a new easy-to-use interactive online tool that lets people get a sense of what “a day in the life” is like for a family caregiver. The tool was developed to help raise awareness about the surprising number of millennials ages 18–34 who are family caregivers and to encourage employers to create more caregiving-friendly workplaces.
There are approximately 40 million family caregivers in the U.S., about 459,000 of which live in Connecticut, according to AARP. The majority (60%) of caregivers are employed full- or part-time. Although many people may think of caregivers as being older adults, 25% of family caregivers are millennials under age 35. The average millennial family caregiver has been caring for a loved one for nearly three years.
The “Do You Care ChallengeSM,” can be found here: www.DoYouCareChallenge.org.