• Most caregivers are middle-aged (35-64 years old) and married or living with a partner.
• ¼ of caregivers caring for someone aged 50+ say the person they care for has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other mental confusion.
• Nearly 4 in 10 caregivers are men, the majority are women.
• Caregiving duties last an average of 4.3 years. Approximately three in ten family
caregivers say they have provided care for more than five years, another three in ten say
they have provided care for one to five years.
• The most frequently reported unmet needs of caregivers are: finding time for their self
(35%), managing emotional and physical stress (29%), and balancing work and family
• A typical caregiver in the U.S. is female (61%), approximately 46 years old, has at least
some college experience (66%), and spends an average of twenty hours or more per
week providing unpaid care to someone 50 or older (79%). A majority of caregivers are
married, and most have been employed while performing caregiving responsibilities at
some point during their role as caregiver.
• Almost one in four (24%) caregivers live with or close to the person they are caring for
and about four in ten (42%) are within 20 minutes away.
• Caregiving rates differ among ethnic groups. About one-fifth (21%) of each of the
White and African-American populations are providing informal care, while a slightly
lower percentage of Asian (18%) and Hispanic-Americans (16%) are engaged in
caregiving among the United States adult population.
Source: National Alliance for Caregiving & AARP. (2004) Caregiving in the U.S. Bethesday, MD: National Alliance