Studies find that caregivers are unprepared for responsibilities

Lisa Wurth

October 19, 2010

The University of California's California Agriculture journal has released a special issue dedicated to the Golden State's demographic shift as baby boomers age, entitled The Golden State goes gray: What aging will mean for California.

The publication investigates the issue of how caregivers are managing to take care of older parents, particularly due to the fact that 80 percent of Californians over the age of 65 have at least one chronic condition, and the number of seniors will double or triple by 2030.

An analysis of data from California's In-Home Support Services found that caregivers are also supervising more older adults than ever before, while the state contemplates cuts to the services.

Additionally, the study authors claim that around 400,000 of these caregivers are uncertified or under-trained, the news source reports. These conditions affect both parties, as the caregiver may experience physical, emotional or financial problems while trying to attend the senior's needs.

Overwhelmed caregivers may want to consider installing a senior alert system in a residence. These medical alarms will ensure that a senior can contact you in the case of an emergency.