Charts by Topic: Eldercare

Findings from the 2012-13 surveys:

  • Of the 39.7 million eldercare providers in the civilian noninstitutional population, the majority (57 percent) were women. Eldercare providers are those who provided unpaid care to someone over the age of 65 who needed help because of a condition related to aging.
  • Individuals ages 45 to 54 and 55 to 64 were the most likely to provide eldercare (23 percent, each), followed by those age 65 and over (16 percent).
  • On a given day, nearly one-fourth (23 percent) of eldercare providers engaged in eldercare. Eldercare providers who were ages 65 and older and those who were not employed were the most likely to provide care on a given day.

Percent of population who were eldercare providers
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  • Eighteen percent of women and 14 percent of men provided eldercare to at least one person age 65 and over in 2012-13. (Data are from the 2012-13 surveys.)

Percent of eldercare providers who provided care on an average day
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  • Eldercare providers who were not employed were more likely to provide eldercare on an average day than employed eldercare providers—30 percent compared to 19 percent. (Data are from the 2012-13 surveys.)

Time spent providing care on days eldercare was provided
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  • On days they provided eldercare, women spent about a half an hour longer providing this care compared to men, and eldercare providers who were not employed spent almost 2 hours more providing this care than did providers who were employed. (These data are averages for 2012-13.)

Percent distribution of time spent providing eldercare
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  • On days they provided eldercare, persons spent an average of 3.3 hours providing this care. Just over half of this time was associated with leisure activities (1.1 hour) and household activities (40 minutes). Eldercare can involve a range of care activities, such as assisting with grooming, preparing meals, and providing transportation. Eldercare also can involve providing companionship or being available to assist when help is needed, and thus eldercare can be associated with nearly any activity. (Data are from the 2012-13 surveys.)

 


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Last Modified Date: September 30, 2014