Caregiving in the U.S. 2015

Source: National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and the AARP Public Policy Institute, Research Report, June 2015

From the press release:
The profile of the family caregiver in America is changing as the population ages, according to a new research study from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. While the “typical” family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who takes care of a relative, caregivers on the whole are becoming as diverse as the American population.

Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 provides surprising insight into today’s family caregivers. The typical higher-hour caregiver (who provides unpaid care for at least 21 hours a week) has been caregiving for an average of 5-1/2 years and expects to continue care for another 5 years. Nearly half of these higher-hour caregivers report high emotional stress (46 percent). ….

Highlights of Today’s Caregivers
• 82% care for one person who is likely either living with the caregiver or living within 20 minutes of the caregiver.
• 60% of caregivers are female. The typical caregiver is a 49-year-old female caring for a 69-year-old female relative, most likely her mother.
• 40% of caregivers are male.
• 34% of caregivers have a full-time job, while 25% work part time. Caregivers who work do so for 34.7 hours per week on average.
• Caregivers have been caring for 4 years on average, spending 24.4 hours per week helping with activities like bathing, dressing, housework, and managing finances.
• 32% provide at least 21 hours of care a week, on average providing 62.2 hours of care weekly.
• 38% of caregivers report high emotional stress from the demands of caregiving. ….

…The 2015 report is based on quantitative, online interviews conducted in 2014 of 1,248 family caregivers, ages 18 and older, for an individual of any age. Caregivers are defined as those who provide unpaid care to an adult or child. This included a random sample of 1,015 caregivers, with oversampling for African American/black, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian-American/Pacific Islander populations. …
Executive Summary
Appendix A Questionnaires
Appendix B Detailed Methodology