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According to the National Institute of Statistics in Italy (ISTAT), 3.150 million persons with disabilities were identified in 2019, constituting 5.2% of the population. Nearly one and a half million individuals aged over 75, comprising 22% of that age group, experience disability, with one million of them being women. The ‘geography of disability’ places the Islands at the forefront, with a prevalence of 6.5%, compared to 4.5% in the Northwest. Regions where the phenomenon is most widespread include Umbria and Sardinia, with 6.9% and 7.9% of the population, respectively. Conversely, Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige exhibit the lowest prevalence, at 4.1% and 3.8%, respectively.

The resources required by families to fulfill the role of a social shock absorber are not solely economic but also relational. In fact, 32.4% of families with at least one person with a disability receive support from informal networks, nearly double the percentage of the total number of families (16.8%). The support provided by these networks encompasses personal assistance, accompaniment, and hospitality, as well as assistance with household activities, completion of bureaucratic procedures, and health services.

According to data published in 2018 by ISTAT, over 7 million Italians (about 15% of the population) are engaged in informal caregiving. The majority of these caregivers are over 50 years old, with one in five being over 60. These individuals undertake daily caregiving tasks, involving both physical and emotional commitment, and make sacrifices in terms of personal renunciations, time, and life choices.

The National Report provides an overview of the landscape of informal care services and caregivers in Italy for individuals aged 18 to 64. It delineates the needs and challenges faced by the YoungCare target group while offering practical support and examples of best practices. Partner organizations from Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Portugal aim to shed light on the often precarious situation of young adults requiring care and those who care for them. The report also presents the analysis of interviews with 8 individuals, including 5 adults with acquired disabilities, 1 person with a disability from birth, 1 informal caregiver, and 1 institutional expert, with a majority of the interviewed caregivers being family members.

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