The Coastal Georgia Caregivers Network (CARE-NET),formed in May 2002, is comprised of community leaders, agency representatives, and professional and family caregivers who seek to improve the quality of caregiving services in the nine-county coastal region. Caregivers of elderly persons, children and adults with physical, mental, and cognitive disabilities, as well as grandparents raising grandchildren are included in those served by this network.
A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP found that 44.4 million Americans age 18 or older are providing unpaid care to an adult. If we had to pay for this care, it would cost approximately $257 billion per year.
The Coastal Georgia Caregivers Network, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization as defined under section 501 (c) 3 of the IRS tax code.
Family members commit more than 84% of elder abuse, with adult children (47.3%) and spouses (19.3%) as the most frequent perpetrators. It is estimated that only about one in 14 incidents of abuse in the home, and one in 25 incidents of financial exploitation, are reported per year.* Many seniors fail to report abuse because of shame, fear of retaliation from their abusers, or lack of opportunity to communicate with others outside the home.
Many caregivers fulfill multiple roles. Most caregivers are married or living with a partner (62%), and most have worked and managed caregiving responsibilities at the same time (74%).
The Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia—Area Agency on Aging serves as the liaison agency in partnership with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving.
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) was established on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on October 14, 1987 to honor former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, an alumna of GSW. The RCI is dedicated to enhancing her long-standing commitment to human development and mental health. In 2002, the RCI opened its national office in Washington, DC.