Fact Sheet

This fact sheet from Family Caregiver Alliance provides a quick and easy overview of caregiver definitions, demographics and situations from a variety of sources.

Areas covered include:

  • Data on the magnitude of caregiving:  caregivers make up 29% of the U.S. adult population.
  • Information on gender differences in caregivers: 66% are female.
  • Demographics: the average age of caregivers is 48.
  • Variations by ethnicity
  • Relationships between caregivers and care recipients.
  • Employment status.
  • Time spent caregiving by week as well as duration in years.
  • Additional information on distance to care recipient, and impact on caregiver’s physical, mental and emotional health.
  • Economic value and costs of caregiving.
  • Special circumstances such as developmental disabilities and veterans.
  • Caregiver assistance and support, including stats on receptivity to caregiver technology.