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United Way Caregivers Coalition
Caregiving is a universal reality that touches almost every family. In New Jersey there are an estimated 1.1 million unpaid family caregivers* shouldering this responsibility, often without preparation or education, with little help from others, while juggling their own lives.
Caregivers often put their own physical, mental, and financial health at risk. Caregivers experience higher levels of depression and many have reported worse health than the general population. They also find themselves dipping into their savings and taking a financial hit by having to scale down their work responsibilities or pass up promotions.
Providing this care can take a particularly devastating toll on ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and low-income families who are already living paycheck to paycheck. With little or no ability to set aside savings, ALICE caregivers cannot afford to miss work to care for their loved ones.
* AARP Public Policy Institute, 2015
United Way Caregivers Coalition Mission
United Way Caregivers Coalition promotes knowledge of and action around caregiving issues to ensure all caregivers identify themselves in this role and have access to the resources, services, education, and other support needed to sustain them as caregivers.
United Way Caregivers Coalition goals are to:
Help unpaid family caregivers sustain their own physical, emotional, and financial health
- Strengthen services and resources for caregivers in northern New Jersey
- Identify and respond to gaps in services for caregivers
- Help unpaid family caregivers self identify as such
- Decrease feelings of isolation for unpaid family caregivers
- Change systems (health care, workplace, medical) to better support caregivers
- Advocate for policies and legislation to improve the quality of life for caregivers
Click on the links below to learn more about our work to support unpaid family caregivers in northern New Jersey:
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