Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 is a joint research study between the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP providing new insights into higher-hour caregivers (at least 21 hours of care a week), caregivers ages 75 and older, multicultural caregivers (including African American/black, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian American/Pacific Islander populations), and the challenges facing caregivers in the workplace.
The study was made possible through generous sponsorship from AARP, Archstone Foundation, Eli Lilly, Home Instead Senior Care, MetLife Foundation, Pfizer, UnitedHealthcare, and the Family Support Research and Training Center in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Missed the briefing? You can watch the July 15th Webinar here or download the presentation slides by clicking here.
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Caregiving in the US 2015 – Public Use Data File
Please note that any work done with this data should be jointly attributed to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. This data file includes data on caregivers age 75 and older, and an oversample of African American/Black American, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian American Pacific Islander caregivers. See the Overview of Methodology for more details on data collection.
Caregiver Profile Fact Sheets:
- Caregiver Profile: The “Typical” Caregiver
- Caregiver Profile: The Higher-Hour Caregiver
- Caregiver Profile: Caregivers Age 75+
- Caregiver Profile: Millennials (Age 18 – 34)
- Caregiver Profile: African American/Black Caregivers
- Caregiver Profile: Hispanic/Latino Caregivers
- Caregiver Profile: Asian American Pacific Islander Caregivers
- Caregiver Profile: Men as Caregivers
Key Media Coverage
More Caregivers Are No Spring Chickens Themselves
New York Times | July 3, 2015
“Schwartz is 78. While she thinks her husband does better at home – ‘He’s getting 24-hour attention, and you don’t get that in a nursing home,’ she said – friends point out that the arrangement is much harder on her. She worries, too, about costs climbing as Mr. Schwartz’s health declines and his needs increase. For now, though, she manages, part of an apparently growing phenomenon: the old taking care of the old.”
A New Snapshot of America’s 44 Million Family Caregivers: Who They Are and What They Do
Forbes | June 4, 2015
“A landmark new study paints a dramatic picture of family caregivers: Nearly 44 million adults in the US are providing personal assistance for family members with disabilities or other care needs. That’s more than one out of every six adults. More than 34 million care for frail elders and nearly 4 million help children with disabilities. About 6.5 million care for both.”
Who America’s Caregivers Are & Why It Matters
PBS NextAvenue | June 4, 2015
“Do you fit this portrait? You are a 49-year-old woman caring for a 69-year-old female relative, most likely your mother. If you have an outside job, you do that work nearly 35 hours a week. You’ve been caring for mom for four years, about 24 hours each week. You are more likely than not to be helping her with medical or nursing-type tasks, including complex things like shots, tube feedings, catheters and colostomy needs.”
Millennials Make Up Substantial Share of America’s Caregivers
PBS News Hour | June 4, 2015
“Nearly 40 million Americans offer unpaid care to an adult friend or relative, and of those caregivers, Millennials make up a major part of this group, according to a report issued today by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving.”