Worldwide, nearly 70% to 80% of the impaired elderly are cared for at home by their family members[5-7,9,11,17-20]. Varying estimates across different countries indicate that 57% to 81% of all caregivers of the elderly are women[1,6-8,10,12-14,17-26].
About 15 percent of women and 13 percent of men 25 to 54 years old spend time caring for an older relative, according to the Labor Department. Among those 55 to 64, the share rises to one in five Americans. And 20 percent of these caregivers also have children at home. What’s more, demand for care is growing.
An estimated 66% of caregivers are female. [Updated February 2015] The average caregiver is a 49 year old woman who works outside the home and provides 20 hours per week of unpaid care to her mother.
It found that 10 percent of adults ages 60 to 69 whose parents are alive serve as caregivers, as do 12 percent of adults age 70 and older. The analysis is based on data from 80,000 interviews (some people were interviewed multiple times) conducted from 1995 to 2010 for the Health and Retirement Study.
Women are more likely than men to be providing primary care to an aging parent (13% vs. 7%). And those who are not married (15%) are more likely than those who are married (7%) to provide most of the care to a parent.
Varying estimates across different countries indicate that 57% to 81% of all caregivers of the elderly are women[1,6-8,10,12-14,17-26]. In most cases female caregivers are wives or adult daughters of the elderly person.
– Currently, nearly one-fifth of adults provide care to adult family members or children. – The majority of caregivers are women (60%) and 49 years of age, on average. – Caregivers spend an average of 24 hours a week providing care. – 55 percent of female caregivers are employed and 19 percent have insurance coverage.
About 1 in 3 adults in the United States provides care to other adults as informal caregivers. A caregiver is anyone who provides help to another person in need, such as an ill spouse or partner, a disabled child, or an aging relative.
A Pew Research Center survey finds that nearly 79 million adults in the United States, or 31.9 percent of the adult population, live in a “shared household,” meaning one in which two or more adults not intimately attached live in the same home.
However, it is a known fact that daughters are more caring than sons. Common domestic issues in any family are over property. When parents are old, daughters become more responsible than sons. This is because before marriage they care of their own parents and after marriage they take care of their family.
When it comes to caregiving, daughters provide more than twice the amount of care, on average, for their aging parents than sons, the paper released today by the American Sociological Association found.