In Spain, there are more than 2.3 million people dependent, of whom 70 percent need the assistance of a caregiver.
The aging of the population in developed countries is a fact and in Spain the people over 65 are already more than eight million, 17.4% of the total. This situation faces a reality: sooner or later we will become caregivers of our elders, and sooner or later they will also have to take care of us.
Therefore, the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG), with the support of Lindor Ausonia, have created the Day of the Caregiver, with the aim of improving the quality of life of the elderly and training, support and recognition of caregivers. Who are often undervalued by their commendable work.
As explained by the president of SEGG, José Antonio López Trigo, "more than 2,300,000 elderly people live with some degree of dependency in our country and require the care of another person, usually a relative. More than 50 percent are children and 18 percent are spouses. Specifically, the care is exercised in women and in the singular, since more than 85% of the people they care for are women, and they do it in an exclusive and unique way. They take care, above all, of our elders who suffer falls, incontinence, cognitive deterioration, insomnia or immobility. "
The selfless and disinterested work of these people is one of the reasons why the elderly live longer. In our country, 5.2% of the population exceeds 80 years, while previously deadly diseases have become chronic, "we currently live more, but at the cost of living in the last years in a situation of dependence," says Lopez Wheat.
For the experts, caregivers also need support, doubts about whether what they are doing is right, feels responsible for day to day issues, many suffer from stress to see the physical and psychological deterioration of the loved one, arriving They also suffer from the burned-out caregiver syndrome.
The Day of the Caregiver was born with the purpose of improving the quality of life of the elderly and to train, support and recognize caregivers who are often undervalued their great work.