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Caregiver Resource Center

Do you shop for an older adult? Take someone to the doctor? Help with bill paying, gardening, house cleaning? Provide personal care? If you do any of these for a family member, neighbor or friend, you are a caregiver.

According to a recent study by AARP, there are an estimated 44.4 million caregivers age 18 and older in the U.S. (almost 1 in 4 adults). Many caregivers work full or part-time (59%) and most are also caring for their own families. These caregivers provide an average of 21 hours of unpaid care per week, for an average of 4.3 years. AARP estimates the value of this unpaid care to be $350 billion a year.

Caregiving can start out with a single simple task, such as grocery shopping, but often grows as the needs of the care recipient grow with advancing age and frailty (either mental or physical). This takes a toll on the caregiver, both physically and emotionally. A recent study by Evercare found that over half of the caregivers reported moderate to severe worsening of their health, and that the severity increased with the number of hours of care and tasks performed. Over 90 percent reported depression and increased stress. 82% reported problems with sleep, 63% worse eating habits, and 58% less exercise. More than half neglect their own preventive health care.

Many caregivers do not identify themselves as caregivers, seeing themselves simply as caring family members fulfilling their duties. They do not seek help with the tasks they undertake or support from peers or professionals. Sadly, too many caregivers get into trouble physically, emotionally or financially before they seek help, which also puts their care recipient at greater risk.

Nearly 7 million families are providing care at a distance, where they may not know the available resources, have trouble following day-to-day developments and add travel to the challenges of providing care.

Caregivers need:

  • Support from people who understand the journey they are on, who can listen to their struggles and frustration without judgment, as well as the rewards of caregiving, and who can suggest strategies for reducing stress.
  • Access to resources that can help them meet their care recipient’s needs, and their own.
  • Education about how to provide care appropriately and safely.


The following services are available to caregivers of all ages through the Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Caregiver Resource Center. For more information, call 924-7108.

  • Information and referral to area resources, including housing alternatives and in-home support services
  • Individual and family counseling and consultations
  • Support groups
  • Caregiver support group (spouses and friends)
  • Children of Aging Parents support group
  • Connection to PSRC social services and volunteer respite
  • Resource Library
  • Publications


Available at our offices at Spruce Circle and 45 Stockton Street, Princeton

  • Community Resource Guide for Princeton Area Older Adults
  • Living Arrangements for Older Adults in the Princeton Area
  • Library of loan materials

For more information, click here for the Caregiver Resouce pages.

© Princeton Senior Resource Center
45 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
Suzanne Patterson Building 609-924-7108
Spruce Circle 609-252-2362
Suzanne Patterson Building 9AM-5:00PM
Spruce Circle 10:00AM-4:00PM,
Every Weekday Unless Otherwise Noted