General Caregiving

More than 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 each day.  More and more people are finding themselves sandwiched between caring for children and an aging parent or grandparent.  Advancements in treatment, healthcare reform under the Affordable Care Act, and the proliferation of social media are affecting the lives of both caregivers and their loved ones.

First conducted in 1997 by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, the Caregiving in the US studies are widely regarded as one of the most authoritative resources available to describe the American caregiver.  With previous studies conducted in 2004 and 2009, each addition builds on new information and demographic or other factors affecting caregiving.  The 2014 update, a renewed partnership between the Alliance and AARP,  will be the most detailed examination of this critical area of American life to date. Special focus will be given to reaching a broad racially and ethnically diverse population sample.

Research is currently in progress for the 2014 update; for more information or to support the research, please reach out to the Alliance staff at (301) 718-8444 or

Research Reports on Caregiving in the U.S. and General Caregiving: 


Caregiving in the U.S., which was funded by MetLife Foundation and conducted
for the National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP by Mathew
Greenwald & Associates, is the result of interviews with 1,480 caregivers chosen
at random.  The study was designed to replicate similar studies conducted in 2004
and 1997 and includes, for the first time, a sampling of those caring for children
as well as those caring for adults over the age of 18.

Key findings include:

  • 29% of the U.S. adult population, or 65.7 million people, are caregivers,
    including 31% of all households.
  • Family caregivers provide an average of 20 hours of care per week.
  • American caregivers are predominantly female (66%) and are an
    average of 48 years old.
  • Most care for a relative (86%), most often a parent (36%).
  • Seven in ten caregivers care for someone over age 50.
  • One in seven caregivers provides care, over and above regular parenting,
    to a child with special needs (14%).
  • Caregiving lasts an average of 4.6 years.


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