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What challenges do caregivers of veterans face?

Goldina Erowele
Caregiving

As the Veteran population ages and continues to increase, the role of caregivers as partners in supporting Veterans is even more prevalent, more demanding and overwhelming. The Veteran population aged 65 and older is expected to increase from 37.4 percent to 44.8 percent by the year 2020. VA is also treating a new era of younger, severely injured service members. Many Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan will need lifetime care. VA recognizes the support of their caregivers is vital for these Veterans.

The VA Caregiver Support services is available to you as the Family Caregiver of a Veteran http://www.caregiver.va.gov/support_landing.asp

Call 1 855 260 3274

Anthony Cirillo
Geriatric Medicine
A National Alliance for Caregiving study found that family caregivers of veterans face a higher burden of care, both in intensity and duration, often supporting a spouse or partner over a longer period of time than typical family caregivers. These caregivers, who are predominantly women (96%), may make sacrifices to their own health and jobs to care for their loved ones.

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