The Nattional Alliance for Caregiving released its annual report that profiles caregivers in the United States today to a similar report released five years ago. The study examined the prevalence of caregivers in the U.S.(29% of the U.S. adult population, or 65.7 million people), the caregiving situation in terms of the nature of caregiving activities, the intensity and duration of care, the health conditions and living situation of the person to whom care is provided, and other unpaid and paid help provided. The survey showed that caregiving is still mostly a woman’s job and many women are putting their career and financial futures on hold as they juggle part-time caregiving and full-time job requirements and provide an average of 20 hours a week.
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.