The typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for her widowed 69-year-old mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed. Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women. More than 37% have children or grandchildren under 18 years old living with them.
Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP. November 2009
6% of family caregivers care for a parent and 7 out of 10 caregivers are caring for loved ones over 50 years old.
Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP. November 2009
23% of family caregivers caring for loved ones for 5 years or more report their health is fair or poor.
Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009
Nearly three quarters (72%) of family caregivers report not going to the doctor as often as they should and 55% say they skip doctor appointments for themselves. 63% of caregivers report having poor eating habits than non-caregivers and 58% indicate worse exercise habits than before caregiving responsibilities.
Evercare Study of Caregivers in Decline: A Close-Up Look at Health Risks of Caring for a Loved One. National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare. 2006.
20% of employed female caregivers over 50 years old report symptoms of depression compared to 8% of their non-caregiving peers.
MetLife Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Costs; National Alliance for Caregiving and MetLife Mature Market Institute. February 2010
More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.
Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

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