Health by the Numbers: Caregiving

The golden years aren't always as shiny and gilded as they're meant to be. And as Americans live longer, the sobering truth is that many will need long-term care at some point.

Unfortunately, such care is very expensive, and it's usually not covered by public programs—at least until one's savings are basically exhausted. Since long-term care is so costly, it's very common for friends and family to step in and become caregivers to those who have a debilitating illness or disability.

Here's a look at caregiving by the numbers:

  • 29: Estimated percentage of the U.S. population who either are or expect to be family caregivers.
  • 66: Estimated percent of caregivers who are female.
  • 9: Percentage of companies that offer an elder-care referral service.
  • 70: Estimated percentage of people age 65 today who will need some long-term care in their lifetime.
  • 65 million: Estimated number of Americans who are caregivers for family, friends, or neighbors.
  • $375 billion: Estimated value of annual caregiver contributions.
  • 20: Average number of hours per week that caregivers provide care.
  • 8 million: Number of U.S. families that include at least one parent who has a disability.
  • 63: Average age of caregivers caring for someone aged 65 or older.
  • 9.9 million: Number of family members, friends, and neighbors who provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.




Caregiving Statistics

American Psychological Association
Who Are Family Caregivers?

American Psychological Association
What Do Family Caregivers Do?

U.S. News & World Report
21 Workplace Benefits That Are Rapidly Disappearing

AARP Public Policy Institute
Valuing the Invaluable: A New Look at the Economic Value of Family Caregiving

Urban Institute
Who Purchases Long-Term Care Insurance?

Alliance for Health Reform
Chapter 9 Long-Term Care

Genworth Financial
Compare Cost of Care Across the United States