Supporting Family Caregivers

Cargiver quote from - Rosalyn Carter, Former First Lady of the United StatesMore than 1 in 8 Americans act as unpaid caregiver for someone aged 50 or older. In 2015, there were 844,000 reported informal caregivers in Massachusetts out of a total population of 6.7 million. Informal caregivers cross all generations -- Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers -- and many are now part of the “sandwich generation” caring for a younger child and older adult at the same time.

Supporting family caregivers, specifically unpaid family or informal caregivers, is a focus of MeHI’s Aging and Caregiving Initiative. With the shifting demographics in the nation and within Massachusetts, challenges specific to the aging population and those who are, or will be caregivers, is increasing.

Activities and Events

Many digital health entrepreneurs in Massachusetts are working on developing aging solutions. Many providers, both organizations and individuals, who serve older adults with complex care needs are looking for technology that can help alleviate some of the burden of caregiving. To ensure that technology innovations are solving real world problems, there needs to be tangible ways for innovators and consumers to connect. Started in 2017, MeHI and Aging2.0 Boston host an annual Aging and Caregiving Digital Health Reverse Pitches event. At this event, key players in the aging services sector discuss what they see as pressing problems in caregiving and the opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators.

To join the wait list for the 2018 Reverse Pitch on October 11th, follow this registration link

To see upcoming events, many focused on digital health, view the MeHI calendar.

To view recordings from the 2017 Reverse Pitch, view MeHI’s vimeo profile. These include basic recordings of the pitches from Phillips Home Monitoring, Benchmark Senior Living, LifeCare Advocates, Boston Senior Home Care, and Deaconess Abundant Life Communities.

2017 Caregivers and Digital Health Report
 

A Survey of Trends and Attitudes of Massachusetts Family Caregivers

Sponsored by MeHI and conducted by The MassINC Polling Group, this report identifies key challenges faced by Massachusetts family caregivers and offers insight to help entrepreneurs develop solutions to address those challenges.

 

 

 

Resources for Employers

ReACT is an employer-focused coalition dedicated to addressing the challenges faced by employee caregivers and reducing the impact on the companies that employ them. ReACT represents nearly one million employees through its membership of more than 30 companies and non-profit organizations. Visit their website to learn more.

The Northeast Business Group on Health and AARP created a Caregivers Benefits and Programs “checklist” and “toolkit” to help employers support working caregivers.



Support for Caregivers
 

Mass Options connects elders, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers with agencies and organizations that can best meet their needs. MassOptions is a service of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.