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There are an estimated 43.5 million caregivers in the United States who provide unpaid care to an adult or a child.
Nearly two-thirds of family caregivers report feeling emotionally stressed (64%).
More than half of caregivers find it difficult to take a break (59%).
Nearly 60% find it difficult to balance their job and family and 53 % say they are unable to exercise regularly due to their caregiving responsibilities.
Caregiver stress also bleeds over into the financial arena. Nearly seven in ten (68%) of family caregivers say they have had to use their own money to help provide care for their loved one.
Eight in ten current, former, and future caregivers say that having information about caregiver resources (88%) and respite care (85%) would be at least somewhat or very helpful.
More than three-quarters of caregivers say that assistance with chores and transportation to medical appointments (78%) and general transportation assistance (76%) would be at least somewhat or very helpful.
Four in ten (41%) of caregivers have made changes in their home for the loved one in their care.
The typical caregiver is a 49-year-old female, currently caring for a 69-year-old female relative who needs care because of a long-term physical condition.
The typical millennial caregiver is a 27-year-old adult, equally likely to be male or female. The care recipient is likely a 59.6-year-old female relative, most often a parent or grandparent of the caregiver, who needs help for a physical condition. Compared with other caregiver populations, millennial caregivers are more likely to report that their loved one has an emotional or mental health condition that requires care.
The typical African American caregiver is a 44.2-year-old female, currently caring for one adult, a 66.3-year-old female relative who needs care because of a long-term physical condition.
The typical Asian American caregiver is a 46.6-year-old female, currently caring for one adult, her 72.8-year-old mother, who has a long-term physical condition.
The typical male caregiver is a 47.8-year-old currently caring for one adult, typically a 68.8-year-old female relative who needs care because of a long-term physical condition.
The typical Hispanic caregiver is a 42.7-year-old female, who has provided care in the past 12 months (but isn’t currently doing so) to one adult, a 65.3-year-old female relative.
2015 AARP National Caregiving Survey of Registered Voters Age 40 and Older
Family Caregiver Alliance
National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP Public Policy Institute, Caregiving in the U.S., 2015 (Bethesda,MD: NAC, and Washington, DC: AARP, June 2015)