November 6, 2014
About half of all adults in the U.S. —117 million people— have one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four adults is struggling daily with two or more chronic conditions. Though biomedical innovation has enabled many with chronic illness to live longer and better lives, those with more debilitating conditions often rely heavily on family members and other loved ones to provide daily care and support. All year, but particularly during National Caregiver Month, we applaud the millions of family caregivers for their dedication and recognize the critically important roles they play in healthcare in America. According to the Caregiver Action Network, two in five adults in the U.S. are caring for a sick or disabled loved one, and these caregivers provide $450 billion worth of unpaid care each year.