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Florida Family Caregivers Provide $31 Billion in Unpaid Care to Family, Friends at Home

December 09, 2019

St. Petersburg, Fla. — In Florida, America’s grayest state, approximately 2.9 million family caregivers provided an estimated 2.4 billion hours of care per year worth a staggering $31 billion to their parents, spouses, partners, and friends in 2017, according to state data available in the latest report of AARP’s Valuing the Invaluable series.

The complexity of family caregiving is increasing as medical and nursing tasks continue to enter the home, and family demographics change amidst an aging population.

“Family caregivers in Florida take on these responsibilities out of love,” said AARP’s Florida state director, Jeff Johnson. “But they’re also providing care that otherwise would have to come out of federal, state and local budgets.”

“That’s why investing in support for Florida’s families is essential. You may or may not ever think of yourself as a caregiver, but the contributions of family caregivers are vital to the future of our families, our communities and our public budgets,” Johnson said.

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