Millennials. The offspring of the Baby Boomer generation. We’re entitled, self-centered, and unaware. At least, that’s the popular narrative. While surely there are those 20-and-30-somethings who fit that description, there is an emerging subgroup little know anything about. Millennial Caregivers.
Millions of adults in the United States have been diagnosed with dementia, a debilitating and fatal. Baby Boomers are being diagnosed with forms of dementia at an alarming rate. According to the CDC, in 2013, the number of adults in the U.S. with dementia was 5 million and is expected to nearly triple by 2050, with costs exceeding $500 billion annually. Yeah, that’s billion — with a B.
With increasing costs, fixed income, and no cure, the responsibility of caregiving is falling more and more on the children of those afflicted with dementia. Though the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s, typically affects adults over the age of 65, there are some rare forms, like Frontotemporal Dementia, that can affect people as young as in their 40s and 50s.
Though there is plenty of data showing that dementia is on course to be an epidemic (particularly for people of color), there are few resources available for these young caregivers who are starting careers and families of their own, while watching their parents morph into unrecognizable people. How do they find the right doctors? When is it time for mom to move into an Assistant Living Facility? And what even is an Advanced Directive?
Our Turn 2 Care is a new platform for young adult caregivers. Our mission is to connect millennial caregivers information, resources, and each other.