Caregiving by the Numbers

Caregiving by the Numbers


You might shop for groceries once a week for a elderly relative or neighbor, help an

aging parent with finances, or provide hands-on care for a senior family member.

The need for care may have occurred suddenly or gradually. If you provide assistance to

someone who is disabled or who needs help with day-to-day activities because of an

accident, a chronic condition, or cognitive limitation, you, like many other Americans, are

a caregiver.


The number of caregivers is growing and the need is growing even faster.  Here are some statistics:


_ More than 65 million Americans are family caregivers.


_ More than 30% of U.S. households, or an estimated 36.5 million U.S. households,

have at least one member who provides care for a family member, friend,

or loved one.


_ The average age of a caregiver is 48.


_ Among caregivers, 66% are female and 34% are male.


_ More than seven in ten work or have worked while providing care.


_ Of those providing care, 22% are age 18–34; 29%, age 35–49; 35%, age 50–64;

and 13%, age 65 and over.


Source: Caregiving in the U.S. National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, funded by the MetLife Foundation

Published on May 31, 2012.