Pandemic Puts Strain On Caregivers In Georgia And Nationwide, Nonprofit Finds

Feb. 19 is National Caregivers Day.

The goal of the national campaign is to raise awareness and support the millions of caregivers in this nation.

According to AARP, more than 1 in 5 adults are considered “caregivers” in this country.

That’s 53 million people in total.

This number has been steadily rising in the past few years as more people care for aging parents.

However, at the same time, experts note the health and well-being of caregivers themselves is generally declining.

The coronavirus pandemic has intensified challenges many caregivers face.

A recent study by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers found more than 80% of caregivers surveyed have experienced an increase in stress during the pandemic.

On Tuesday’s edition of “Closer Look,Dr. Jennifer Olsen, executive director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, joined host Rose Scott for a conversation about how to support caregivers during this time.

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.