Table 2. Eldercare providers by sex and selected characteristics related to care provided, averages for the combined years 2013-14

Table 2. Eldercare providers by sex and selected characteristics related to care provided, averages for the combined years 2013-14
[Numbers in thousands]
Characteristic Eldercare providers
Total Men Women
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent

Total, 15 years and over

40,419 100.0 17,216 100.0 23,202 100.0

Parent of household children under 18 years

Parent of one or more household children

8,721 21.6 3,869 22.5 4,853 20.9

Parent of a household child age 6 to 17, none younger

5,977 14.8 2,520 14.6 3,458 14.9

Parent of a household child under age 6

2,744 6.8 1,349 7.8 1,395 6.0

Not a parent of a household child

31,697 78.4 13,348 77.5 18,350 79.1

Number of care recipients

Caring for one person

28,427 70.3 11,755 68.3 16,672 71.9

Caring for two persons

8,996 22.3 3,984 23.1 5,011 21.6

Caring for three or more persons

2,996 7.4 1,477 8.6 1,519 6.5

Relationship to care recipient

Total, all eldercare providers

40,419 (1)- 17,216 (1)- 23,202 (1)-

Caring for a spouse or unmarried partner(2)

2,699 6.7 1,021 5.9 1,678 7.2

Caring for a parent

17,722 43.8 7,473 43.4 10,249 44.2

Caring for a grandparent(3)

6,593 16.3 2,788 16.2 3,805 16.4

Caring for another related person(4)

8,946 22.1 4,198 24.4 4,747 20.5

Caring for a friend or neighbor

7,329 18.1 3,250 18.9 4,078 17.6

Caring for someone else(4)

2,212 5.5 868 5.0 1,344 5.8

Eldercare providers caring for one person only

28,427 100.0 11,755 100.0 16,672 100.0

Caring for a spouse or unmarried partner(2)

2,426 8.5 964 8.2 1,462 8.8

Caring for a parent

11,943 42.0 4,764 40.5 7,179 43.1

Caring for a grandparent(3)

4,274 15.0 1,792 15.2 2,482 14.9

Caring for another related person(4)

5,126 18.0 2,278 19.4 2,848 17.1

Caring for a friend or neighbor

3,783 13.3 1,582 13.5 2,201 13.2

Caring for someone else(4)

875 3.1 374 3.2 501 3.0

Age of care recipient

Total, all eldercare providers

40,419 (1)- 17,216 (1)- 23,202 (1)-

Caring for someone age 65 to 69

5,913 14.6 3,048 17.7 2,865 12.3

Caring for someone age 70 to 74

7,791 19.3 3,674 21.3 4,117 17.7

Caring for someone age 75 to 79

8,571 21.2 3,877 22.5 4,694 20.2

Caring for someone age 80 to 84

10,559 26.1 4,393 25.5 6,166 26.6

Caring for someone age 85 or older

15,120 37.4 5,744 33.4 9,376 40.4

Eldercare providers caring for one person only

28,427 100.0 11,755 100.0 16,672 100.0

Caring for someone age 65 to 69

3,033 10.7 1,589 13.5 1,445 8.7

Caring for someone age 70 to 74

4,143 14.6 1,918 16.3 2,224 13.3

Caring for someone age 75 to 79

5,061 17.8 2,127 18.1 2,934 17.6

Caring for someone age 80 to 84

6,217 21.9 2,526 21.5 3,691 22.1

Caring for someone age 85 or older

9,973 35.1 3,596 30.6 6,377 38.3

Care of household or nonhousehold members

Provided eldercare to household member(s) only

6,309 15.6 2,653 15.4 3,656 15.8

Provided eldercare to nonhousehold member(s) only

33,457 82.8 14,216 82.6 19,241 82.9

Provided eldercare to both household and nonhousehold person(s)

653 1.6 348 2.0 306 1.3

Frequency of care(5)

Provided care daily

8,315 20.6 2,931 17.0 5,384 23.2

Provided care several times a week

9,730 24.1 4,119 23.9 5,610 24.2

Provided care once a week

7,242 17.9 3,149 18.3 4,093 17.6

Provided care several times a month

8,181 20.2 3,730 21.7 4,451 19.2

Provided care once a month

4,746 11.7 2,199 12.8 2,548 11.0

Other

2,205 5.5 1,088 6.3 1,116 4.8

Duration of care(6)

Provided care for less than 1 year

8,557 21.2 3,186 18.5 5,370 23.1

Provided care for 1 to 2 years

10,530 26.1 4,253 24.7 6,277 27.1

Provided care for 3 to 4 years

6,955 17.2 3,246 18.9 3,709 16.0

Provided care for 5 to 9 years

8,224 20.3 3,512 20.4 4,712 20.3

Provided care for 10 years or more

6,153 15.2 3,019 17.5 3,134 13.5

Footnotes
(1) Categories sum to more than 100 percent because some eldercare providers cared for more than one person.
(2) Care for a spouse or unmarried partner may be underreported. See the Technical Note for more information.
(3) Refers only to persons caring for a grandparent who did not live with them. Persons caring for a grandparent with whom they lived are included in the category "Caring for another related person."
(4) The composition of this category changed starting in 2013. Estimates are not strictly comparable to those from previous years.
(5) Survey participants were asked how often they provided care in the past 3 to 4 months; this information was used to categorize them by frequency of care.
(6) For persons who provided eldercare to more than 1 person, the duration of care is calculated based on the person for whom they had cared the longest.

NOTE: 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 older. Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

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Last Modified Date: July 15, 2016