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Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update - The Economic Value of Family Caregiving in 2009

This Fact Sheet presents key findings and state data from a more extensive research paper showing that in 2009, about 42.1 million family caregivers in the U.S. provided care to an adult with limitations in daily activities at any given point in time, and about 61.6 million provided care at some time during the year.  

The estimated economic value of their unpaid contributions was approximately $450 billion in 2009, up from an estimated $375 billion in 2007.  The report also explains the contributions of family caregivers, details the costs and consequences of providing family care, and provides policy recommendations to better support caregiving families.

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