Kids Are Caregivers Too. There Are More Than 1.4 Million Kids in the United States Who Live With, and Help Provide Daily Care for Household Members With a Physical or Mental Illness, Disability, or Frailty Associated With Aging, Disease, or Other Condition.
1.4 million kids is more than the total student population in New York City, Chicago, and D.C. combined. Evenly divided between girls and boys, about one-third are ages 8 - 11, and nearly 40 percent are ages 12 - 15. Caregiving impacts children’s lives - both positively and negatively, they have different life experiences than their non-caregiving peers. Most often, the family member is a parent or grandparent with a condition such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. - The National Alliance for Caregiving