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
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.