Table 2. Eldercare providers 1 by sex and selected characteristics related to care provided, averages for the combined years 2011-12

Table 2.  Eldercare providers (1) by sex and selected characteristics related to care provided, averages for the combined years 2011-12

(Numbers in thousands)
                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                              Eldercare providers(1)                           
                                                                                                                                               
                         Characteristic                                     Total                      Men                      Women          
                                                                                                                                               
                                                                     Number       Percent      Number       Percent      Number       Percent  
                                                                                                                                               
Total, 15 years and over.........................................     39,564       100.0        17,500       100.0        22,064       100.0   
                                                                                                                                               
           Parent of household children under 18 years                                                                                         
Parent of one or more household children.........................      8,873        22.4         3,505        20.0         5,368        24.3   
  Parent of a household child age 6 to 17, none younger..........      6,000        15.2         2,403        13.7         3,597        16.3   
  Parent of a household child under age 6........................      2,873         7.3         1,102         6.3         1,771         8.0   
Not a parent of a household child................................     30,691        77.6        13,995        80.0        16,696        75.7   
                                                                                                                                               
                  Number of care recipients (2)                                                                                                
Caring for one person............................................     27,785        70.2        12,019        68.7        15,766        71.5   
Caring for two persons...........................................      8,772        22.2         4,121        23.5         4,651        21.1   
Caring for three or more persons.................................      2,926         7.4         1,340         7.7         1,586         7.2   
                                                                                                                                               
                 Relationship to care recipient                                                                                                
Total, all eldercare providers...................................     39,564         (3)        17,500         (3)        22,064         (3)   
   Caring for a spouse or unmarried partner (4)..................      1,893         4.8           766         4.4         1,127         5.1   
   Caring for a parent...........................................     16,804        42.5         7,004        40.0         9,799        44.4   
   Caring for a grandparent (5)..................................      7,312        18.5         3,300        18.9         4,012        18.2   
   Caring for another related person.............................      8,095        20.5         3,964        22.7         4,131        18.7   
   Caring for a friend or neighbor...............................      7,491        18.9         3,419        19.5         4,072        18.5   
   Caring for someone else.......................................      2,859         7.2         1,302         7.4         1,557         7.1   
                                                                                                                                               
   Eldercare providers caring for one person only................     27,785       100.0        12,019       100.0        15,766       100.0   
      Caring for a spouse or unmarried partner (4)...............      1,675         6.0           703         5.9           971         6.2   
      Caring for a parent........................................     11,293        40.6         4,444        37.0         6,849        43.4   
      Caring for a grandparent (5)...............................      4,883        17.6         2,183        18.2         2,699        17.1   
      Caring for another related person..........................      4,808        17.3         2,307        19.2         2,501        15.9   
      Caring for a friend or neighbor............................      4,053        14.6         1,874        15.6         2,179        13.8   
      Caring for someone else....................................      1,073         3.9           507         4.2           566         3.6   
                                                                                                                                               
                      Age of care recipient                                                                                                    
Total, all eldercare providers...................................     39,564         (3)        17,500         (3)        22,064         (3)   
    Caring for someone age 65 to 69..............................      5,171        13.1         2,382        13.6         2,789        12.6   
    Caring for someone age 70 to 74..............................      7,206        18.2         3,459        19.8         3,746        17.0   
    Caring for someone age 75 to 79..............................      9,225        23.3         4,129        23.6         5,095        23.1   
    Caring for someone age 80 to 84..............................     10,971        27.7         4,764        27.2         6,207        28.1   
    Caring for someone age 85 or older...........................     14,530        36.7         6,195        35.4         8,335        37.8   
                                                                                                                                               
   Eldercare providers caring for one person only................     27,785       100.0        12,019       100.0        15,766       100.0   
        Caring for someone age 65 to 69..........................      2,839        10.2         1,191         9.9         1,648        10.5   
        Caring for someone age 70 to 74..........................      3,647        13.1         1,655        13.8         1,992        12.6   
        Caring for someone age 75 to 79..........................      5,045        18.2         2,121        17.6         2,924        18.5   
        Caring for someone age 80 to 84..........................      6,347        22.8         2,865        23.8         3,482        22.1   
        Caring for someone age 85 or older.......................      9,907        35.7         4,186        34.8         5,721        36.3   
                                                                                                                                               
            Care of household or nonhousehold members                                                                                          
Provided eldercare to household member(s) only...................      5,331        13.5         2,435        13.9         2,896        13.1   
Provided eldercare to nonhousehold member(s) only................     33,557        84.8        14,638        83.6        18,919        85.7   
Provided eldercare to both household and nonhousehold person(s)..        676         1.7           426         2.4           250         1.1   
                                                                                                                                               
                      Frequency of care (6)                                                                                                    
Provided care daily..............................................      7,771        19.6         3,190        18.2         4,581        20.8   
Provided care several times a week...............................      9,316        23.5         4,057        23.2         5,259        23.8   
Provided care once a week........................................      7,918        20.0         3,749        21.4         4,169        18.9   
Provided care several times a month..............................      7,557        19.1         3,163        18.1         4,393        19.9   
Provided care once a month.......................................      5,040        12.7         2,490        14.2         2,550        11.6   
Other............................................................      1,962         5.0           849         4.9         1,112         5.0   
                                                                                                                                               
                       Duration of care (7)                                                                                                    
Provided care for less than 1 year...............................      9,056        22.9         3,644        20.8         5,412        24.5   
Provided care for 1 to 2 years...................................     10,655        26.9         4,814        27.5         5,840        26.5   
Provided care for 3 to 4 years...................................      6,633        16.8         2,982        17.0         3,651        16.5   
Provided care for 5 to 9 years...................................      7,133        18.0         3,165        18.1         3,968        18.0   
Provided care for 10 years or more...............................      6,087        15.4         2,894        16.5         3,193        14.5   

   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 older.
   2 Data do not sum to total because some persons did not respond to the question identifying the number of care recipients.
   3 Categories sum to more than 100 percent because some eldercare providers cared for more than one person.
   4 Care for a spouse or unmarried partner may be underreported. See the Technical Note for more information.
   5 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."
   6 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.
   7 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: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.



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