Caregiver Statistics: Demographics

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Caregiver Statistics: Demographics

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65% of care recipients are female, with an average age of 69.4. The younger the care recipient, the more likely the recipient is to be male. 45% of recipients aged 18-45 are male, while 33% of recipients aged 50 or higher are male. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S.]
Upwards of 75% of all caregivers are female, and may spend as much as 50% more time providing care than males. [Institute on Aging. (2016). Read How IOA Views Aging in America.]
Male caregivers are less likely to provide personal care, but 24% helped a loved one get dressed compared to 28% of female caregivers. 16% of male caregivers help with bathing versus 30% of females. 40% of male caregivers use paid assistance for a loved one’s personal care. About 14.5 million caregivers are males out of the 43.4% who care for an older family member. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2009). Caregiving in the U.S.]

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Rich source of statistics

Links:

https://www.caregiver.org/caregiver-statistics-demographics

Sons in the Workplace: The Role of Male Caregivers

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Sons in the Workplace: The Role of Male Caregivers

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Consider these statistics, from The Eldercare Study: Everyday Realities and Wishes for Change, with data from the 2008 National Study of the Changing Workforce*:

On average, women spend 9.1 hours a week providing care (or an average of 6.4 hours providing in-person care and an average 2.7 hours providing indirect care).
Men spend an average total of 5.7 hours as caregivers (or an average 3.4 hours providing in-person care and an average 2.2 hours providing indirect care).
In 2008, men who were caregivers experienced more work-family conflict than did women who were caregivers. That year, 49 percent of men experienced “some” or “a lot” of conflict compared with 42 percent of women. It is unclear why men experienced more conflict, but perhaps the role of caregiving is newer to them than it is to women and thus the demands are experienced more intensely, the report noted.

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Perspective about employed caregivers

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https://www.caregiverstress.com/stress-management/daughters-in-the-workplace/role-of-male-caregivers/

Men Are Family Caregivers, Too

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Men Are Family Caregivers, Too

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About four in 10 family caregivers are men—sons, husbands, brothers, sons-in-law, or neighbors. We are nearly always ignored in discussions about caregiving, lost in the stereotype of the family caregiver as a 40-something daughter.

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Good intro article in Forbes

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2017/04/12/men-are-family-caregivers-too/#2fc5a83571b3

AARP videos: Male Caregivers

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AARP videos: Male Caregivers

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In many respects, male caregivers resemble their female counterparts. Yet, men, be more uncomfortable with hands-on personal care, although such intimate interactions can be difficult for caregivers of any gender. They say they are less likely to open up to others when they feel stressed or overwhelmed by caregiving responsibilities.

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Set of six short videos about men as caregivers

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http://videos.aarp.org/search?q=male%20caregiving