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Prevalence

53 Million

adults (21.3%) identify as caregivers in the U.S.

AARP/NAC, 2020

24%

of caregivers care for two or more care recipients

AARP/NAC, 2020

Work Impact

61%

of caregivers are in the workforce, 70% suffering work-related difficulties due to their dual role

AARP/NAC, 2020 & 2015

61%

6 out of 10 caregivers experience at least one change in their employment due to caregiving such as cutting back work hours, taking a leave of absence, receiving a warning about performance/attendance, among others

AARP/NAC, 2015

Only 56%

of caregivers report that their work supervisor is aware of their caregiving responsibilities

AARP/NAC, 2015

$38.2 Billion

lost in U.S. employer productivity due to caregiving

Ceridian, 2015

Diversity & Equity Impact

61%

of all unpaid caregivers are female

AARP/NAC, 2020

Female vs. Male

Female caregivers are more likely than males to make alternate work arrangements: taking a less demanding job (16% females vs. 6% males), giving up work entirely (12% females vs. 3% males), and losing job-related benefits (7% females vs. 3% males)

AARP/NAC, 2009

8%

of caregivers self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBTQ)

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60%

Six in 10 caregivers report being non-Hispanic White (61 percent), 17 percent are Hispanic or Latino, 14 percent non-Hispanic African American or Black, 5 percent Asian American and Pacific Islander, and 3 percent some other race/ethnicity, including multiracial

AARP/NAC, 2020

Generational Impact

Generations

Millennials account for 1 in 4 caregivers; Gen X’ers: 29%; Baby Boomers: 34%

AARP/NAC, 2020

10,000 seniors

in the U.S. age into Medicare every day

AARP/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2015-2019

16%

1 in 6 children has a developmental disability

CDC, 2019

Mental Health Impact

40 to 70%

of caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression, with 25-50% meeting the diagnostic criteria for major depression

Family Caregiver Alliance, 2006

Alzheimer’s Care

Prevalence of depression among Alzheimer’s caregivers was 34.0%, anxiety at 43.6%, and use of psychotropic drugs at 27.2%

JAMDA, 2015

General Health Impact

23%

of those cite worsening health due to caregiving responsibilities

AARP/NAC, 2020

60%

of caregivers reported fair or poor health status, one or more chronic conditions, or a disability

The Commonwealth Fund, 2005

Stress

Caregivers have a 23% higher level of stress hormones and a 15% lower level of antibody responses

Psychological Bulletin, 2003

60%

of caregivers in a national survey reported that their eating (63%) and exercising (58%) habits are worse than before

NAC/Evercare, 2006

Only 29%

of healthcare professionals report having conversations with caregivers about what they need to care for their recipient, only 13% about supporting their own well-being

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Financial Impact

1 in 5

caregivers report high financial strain as a result of caregiving

AARP/NAC, 2020

45%

have experienced at least one financial impact as a result of their caregiving, 28% have stopped saving, 23% have taken on more debt

AARP/NAC, 2020

Need for Information/Support

Support Needs

The most common information and support needs are related to keeping their care recipient safe at home (26 percent); managing their own (the caregiver’s) stress (26 percent); and navigating forms, paperwork, and eligibility for services (25 percent)

AARP/NAC, 2020

53%

of caregivers report using software or other technological tools to help them; 60% report going online to help support care

AARP/NAC, 2020

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