Eldercare in 2011

Percent of the U.S. population who were eldercare providers, by sex and age, 2011 annual averages
Age Women Men Total

Total

17.7 14.9 16.3

15-24

11.9 13.8 12.8

25-34

10.2 10 10.1

35-44

14.6 11.8 13.2

45-54

27.2 19.2 23.3

55-64

24.9 19.8 22.4

65+

17 15.4 16.3

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Percent of eldercare providers in the civilian noninstitutional population age 15 and older, by relationship to care recipient, 2011 annual averages
Relationship to care recipient Percent

Total

100.0

Spouse or unmarried partner

4.3

Grandparent

19.1

Another related person

20.7

Someone else

25.4

Parent

42.4

Note:

1) Estimates for relationship categories sum to more than 100 percent because some eldercare providers cared for more than one person.

2) Care for a spouse or partner may be underreported.

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Percent of eldercare providers who provided care by day of week
Day Percent

Weekends and holidays

26.7

Weekdays

22.2

Total, all days

23.6

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Average hours per day eldercare providers spent providing care on days they engaged in the activity, by employment status
Employment status Hours

Employed

2.41

Not employed

3.86

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Average hours per day eldercare providers spent providing care on days they engaged in the activity, by sex
Sex Hours

Men

2.58

Women

3.50

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Percent of eldercare providers who engaged in eldercare activities on days they provided care
Activity Total Men Women

Eating and drinking

22.1 18.2 24.8

Household activities

40.2 33.0 45.3

Purchasing goods and services

16.2 15.3 16.9

Caring for and helping household members

16.6 14.1 18.4

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members

25.2 21.6 27.9

Working and work-related activities

4.8 5.6 4.2

Organizational, civic, and religious activities

4.5 2.7 5.8

Leisure and sports

36.5 32.9 39.0

Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail

6.4 5.5 7.1

Traveling

25.5 22.6 27.5

Other activities, not elsewhere classified

6.0 4.8 6.8

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Percent distribution of time spent providing eldercare for those aged 65 and over by selected activities, 2011 annual averages
Activity Total

Eating and drinking

7.3

Household activities

22.6

Purchasing goods and services

4.6

Caring for and helping household members

6.3

Caring for and helping nonhousehold members

10.0

Working and work-related activities

6.5

Organizational, civic, and religious activities

2.5

Leisure and sports

31.9

Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail

1.0

Traveling

5.4

Other activities, not elsewhere classified

2.0

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