Caregiver Help IS Essential to Black Health, Survival

Taking Care in the Role of Care Giving

By Meta J. Mereday

While the life expectancy of African Americans continues to remain below that of the general population, the need for caregiving strategies for long-term support is needed now more than ever.

African American life expectancy is approximately 70 years, compared to an average of approximately 76 years for all population groups according to the National Vital Statistics Reports. The report further highlights a striking difference among African American men who have a life expectancy of 66 years compared to the national average of 74 years.

According to, more than 68 percent of elderly African Americans are poor or economically vulnerable. Also, over 25 percent of African American elderly have incomes that fall below the poverty line.