Table 16. Time spent providing eldercare and percent of the eldercare provider (1) population engaging in various caregiving activities by sex, 2011 annual averages

   Table 16. Time spent providing eldercare and percent of the eldercare provider (1) population engaging in various caregiving activities
   by sex, 2011 annual averages
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                    Eldercare providers(1)                                 
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                 On days they provided care                
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                           
                                                     Eldercare time spent in      Percent (2) who engaged in  Average hours spent providing
                                                   selected activities, percent      caregiving activity                   care            
                                                           distribution                                                                    
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                           
                                                    Total      Men      Women     Total      Men      Women      Total      Men     Women  
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                           
   Total.........................................   100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0       3.12      2.58      3.50 
                                                                                                                                           
   Activities (3) reported as care done for those                                                                                           
      65 and over:                                                                                                                         
     Eating and drinking.........................     7.3       4.5       8.7      22.1      18.2      24.8        .23       .12       .31 
     Household activities........................    22.6      23.5      22.0      40.2      33.0      45.3        .70       .61       .77 
     Purchasing goods and services...............     4.6       4.7       4.5      16.2      15.3      16.9        .14       .12       .16 
     Caring for and helping household members....     6.3       4.2       7.5      16.6      14.1      18.4        .20       .11       .26 
     Caring for and helping nonhousehold members     10.0      10.4       9.8      25.2      21.6      27.9        .31       .27       .34 
     Working and work-related activities.........     6.5      (4)       (4)        4.8       5.6       4.2        .20     (4)       (4)   
     Organizational, civic, and religious                                                                                                  
      activities.................................     2.5      (4)        2.6       4.5       2.7       5.8        .08     (4)         .09 
     Leisure and sports..........................    31.9      32.8      31.5      36.5      32.9      39.0       1.00       .84      1.10 
     Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail...........     1.0        .8       1.1       6.4       5.5       7.1        .03       .02       .04 
     Traveling...................................     5.4       6.0       5.0      25.5      22.6      27.5        .17       .16       .18 
     Other activities, not elsewhere classified..     2.0      (4)        1.4       6.0       4.8       6.8        .06     (4)         .05 

   1 Eldercare providers are those who in the previous 3 to 4 months cared for someone with a condition related to aging. Estimates were
 calculated for persons who cared for at least one person age 65 or over.
   2 Percents sum to more than 100 percent because some eldercare providers did more than one care activity on days they provided care.
   3 The activity categories appearing on this table are not comparable to those appearing on other tables in the news release. Notably,
 travel appears as a separate category rather than being included in each major activity category, and the composition of the activity
 category "Other activities, not elsewhere classified," includes a small amount of time spent in educational activities.
   4 Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey publication standards.
   NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.



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