DID YOU KNOW?
Chronic Joy Ministry offers a awareness materials for caregivers, chronic illness, and mental illness, which highlight the significant impact of illness on every aspect of life -marriage, family, faith, finances, friendships, education, hobbies and work.
FREE printable Fact Sheets create awareness, grow knowledge and support education in a quick and easy format with those in your sphere of influence – friends, family, churches, small group communities, co-workers and neighbors.
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Begin the conversation with the question, DID YOU KNOW?
And you will be changing the landscape for half the world’s population living with at least one chronic illness, for 1 in 5 who live with mental illness, and for those caring for someone with a chronic physical or mental illness.
Because the statistics show that either you or someone you love is affected by chronic illness – far more people than most realize.
Together, as we raise awareness, let’s also remember that while chronic illness is hard, there is hope.
There is always hope.
- 4 in 10 people are caring for a loved one with significant health issues. 
- More than 65 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member. 
- Family caregivers spend an average of 24.4 hours per week providing care. 
- Nearly 1 in 4 caregivers spends 41 hours or more per week providing care. 
- 1 in 7 (16.8 million) caregivers care for special needs children. 
- Caregivers have been in their role for an average of 4.6 years, with three in ten having given care to their loved one for five years or more (31%). 
- 23% of family caregivers caring for loved ones for 5 years or more report their health is fair or poor. 
- 40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression with approximately a 25% to 50% of these caregivers meet the diagnostic criteria for major depression. 
- More than 1 in 10 (11%) of family caregivers report that caregiving has caused their physical health to deteriorate. 
Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009
National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S.
Zarit, S. (2006). Assessment of Family Caregivers: A Research Perspective
 http://caregiveraction.org/resources/caregiver-statistics How Do Family Caregivers Fare? A Closer Look at their Experiences. Center on Aging Society. 2005. How Do Family Caregivers Fare? A Closer Look at their Experiences. Center on Aging Society. 2005