Caregiving Statistics for Employees and Employers

Demographics:

  • 74 million people are turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 per day
  • There are 43,500,000 unpaid, untrained caregivers prodiving support for loved ones in the United States - AARP
  • 21,600,000 unpaid, untrained caregivers are employed - AARP
  • 84% of these caregivers need more information / help - AARP
  • 51% of employees providing family elder care are male, opposed to 49% female - Families and Work Institute

Productivity / Retention:

  • $38.2 Billion in productivity is lost annually - AARP
  • 15% of the US workforce spend an average of 29 hours per week on caregiving responsibilities - Ceridian 2016
  • 92% of employed caregivers experience work-related effects - Caring.com 2016 Survey
  • 60% of working caregivers have to change their work schedule to accomodate caregiving - Caring.com 2016 survey
  • 79% of family caregivers working full or part-time have missed work in the past 12 months; 31% have missed at least 7 days
  • Caregivers who help with three or more tasks per day devote 253 hours a month to caregiving - almost two full-time jobs - khn.org
  • 5 years is the median duration that family members care for older adults with high needs - khn.org

Lawsuits:

  • Employee lawsuits over family-leave discrimination are up 590% from 1998 - 2012
  • Legal action against employers by employees caring for an elderly loved one is up 650% in the last decade
    • Employees are winning roughly 70% of their cases
    • Plaintiffs are 39% male, 41% female
  • Family responsibility related discrimination has cost employers $477,009,417 between 2006 and 2015

 Future Projections:

  • By 2030, 72.8 million U.S. residents (more than 1 in 5) will be 65 or older - National Academies
  • The proportion of older adults who are likely to require support from family caregivers is projected to climb from 27% in 2012 to 37% by 2050 - National Academies
  • The EEOC observes that eldercare responsibilities generally increase over time as the person cared for ages, and eldercare can be much less predictable because health crises typically arise - Boston Lawyer Blog