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Youth Caregivers

Youth Caregivers

How many informative facts do you know about Youth Caregivers? Are you ready to take on the challenge? Grab a pencil and paper and answer the questions below. Remember, it's okay if you don't get everything correct; this quiz aims to test your knowledge and help you gain insight into the “hidden population, “youth caregivers.

1. As many as 1.4 youth caregivers between the ages of 8 and 18 provide care for an older adult or sibling -True or False. 2. Youth caregivers do not experience caregiver burnout --True or False 3. 30% of young caregivers help with medication. - True or False 4. Children who are caregivers are more likely to have trouble with their school performance, achievement, and participation in school activities -True or false

Below are the answers to each question. Test and see how well you did. For those who answered some questions incorrectly, let's look at a few facts surrounding the population of youth caregivers: ung-caregivers Answers: 1. True 2. False 3. True 4. True

According to a report by the National Alliance of Caregivers and United Hospital Fund, as many as 1.4 million children in the U.S. between the ages of 8 and 18 provide care for an older adult or sibling. Youth caregivers are often seen as the “hidden population” because they aren't discussed enough in caregiving and their struggles. For example, according to, “Young caregivers face the unique problem of caring for a loved one while still needing care. And while adult caregivers may have the option of taking leave from work, or reducing work hours, students are forced to find ways to continue their studies while taking on duties ranging from increased household chores to helping manage a parents’ medication schedule”. Youth caregivers also tend to struggle with caregiver burnout due to taking on challenging roles at a young age. It was also reported that youth caregivers exhibit more anxious and depressive behaviors than non-caregivers. They also experience trouble in school and achievement because of the stress and caregiver burnout. Moreover, we must pay attention to this growing population of youth caregivers and support them with support groups and more guidance in schools; even family members or friends can be resourceful by sharing the caregiver duties.

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, Caregivers Outreach will host its 17th Annual Family Caregivers Award in person. The event will be held in person on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at Maestro’s Caterers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each honoree will receive a beautiful tabletop plaque. Ms. Patricia Myers, an author and speaker, will be our Mistress of Ceremonies. The world-renowned Saxophone Player Ashley Keiko will serenade the honorees. Quai Jefferson, New York Yankees 2014 Hope Week Honoree, will enlighten us with insight into the day and life of youth caregivers. DJ Robert will keep us in step. For more information, go to the website at

Diane Cooper

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