Table 2. Eldercare providers by sex and selected characteristics related to care provided, averages for the combined years 2015-16

Table 2. Eldercare providers by sex and selected characteristics related to care provided, averages for the combined years 2015-16 [Numbers in thousands]
Characteristic Eldercare providers
Total Men Women
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent

Total, 15 years and over

41,324 100.0 18,142 100.0 23,182 100.0

Parent of household children under 18 years

Parent of one or more household children

8,655 20.9 3,605 19.9 5,050 21.8

Parent of a household child age 6 to 17, none younger

5,827 14.1 2,443 13.5 3,384 14.6

Parent of a household child under age 6

2,828 6.8 1,162 6.4 1,666 7.2

Not a parent of a household child

32,669 79.1 14,537 80.1 18,132 78.2

Number of care recipients

Caring for one person

29,376 71.1 12,722 70.1 16,655 71.8

Caring for two persons

8,833 21.4 3,862 21.3 4,971 21.4

Caring for three or more persons

3,114 7.5 1,558 8.6 1,556 6.7

Relationship to care recipient

Total, all eldercare providers

41,324 (1)- 18,142 (1)- 23,182 (1)-

Caring for a spouse or unmarried partner(2)

3,109 7.5 984 5.4 2,124 9.2

Caring for a parent

17,205 41.6 7,367 40.6 9,837 42.4

Caring for a grandparent(3)

6,881 16.7 3,031 16.7 3,850 16.6

Caring for another related person

10,419 25.2 5,247 28.9 5,173 22.3

Caring for a friend or neighbor

6,665 16.1 2,910 16.0 3,755 16.2

Caring for someone else

2,143 5.2 861 4.7 1,282 5.5

Eldercare providers caring for one person only

29,376 100.0 12,722 100.0 16,655 100.0

Caring for a spouse or unmarried partner(2)

2,809 9.6 952 7.5 1,857 11.1

Caring for a parent

11,494 39.1 4,771 37.5 6,723 40.4

Caring for a grandparent(3)

4,507 15.3 1,807 14.2 2,700 16.2

Caring for another related person

5,966 20.3 3,169 24.9 2,797 16.8

Caring for a friend or neighbor

3,610 12.3 1,621 12.7 1,989 11.9

Caring for someone else

991 3.4 402 3.2 590 3.5

Age of care recipient

Total, all eldercare providers

41,324 (1)- 18,142 (1)- 23,182 (1)-

Caring for someone age 65 to 69

5,767 14.0 2,859 15.8 2,909 12.5

Caring for someone age 70 to 74

7,499 18.1 3,123 17.2 4,376 18.9

Caring for someone age 75 to 79

8,496 20.6 4,179 23.0 4,316 18.6

Caring for someone age 80 to 84

10,526 25.5 4,964 27.4 5,562 24.0

Caring for someone age 85 or older

16,176 39.1 6,466 35.6 9,710 41.9

Eldercare providers caring for one person only

29,376 100.0 12,722 100.0 16,655 100.0

Caring for someone age 65 to 69

3,295 11.2 1,557 12.2 1,738 10.4

Caring for someone age 70 to 74

4,146 14.1 1,539 12.1 2,607 15.7

Caring for someone age 75 to 79

4,912 16.7 2,459 19.3 2,453 14.7

Caring for someone age 80 to 84

6,408 21.8 3,013 23.7 3,396 20.4

Caring for someone age 85 or older

10,616 36.1 4,154 32.7 6,462 38.8

Care of household or nonhousehold members

Provided eldercare to household member(s) only

6,544 15.8 2,838 15.6 3,706 16.0

Provided eldercare to nonhousehold member(s) only

34,243 82.9 15,166 83.6 19,078 82.3

Provided eldercare to both household and nonhousehold person(s)

536 1.3 138 0.8 398 1.7

Frequency of care(4)

Provided care daily

8,538 20.7 3,287 18.1 5,251 22.6

Provided care several times a week

10,264 24.8 4,564 25.2 5,700 24.6

Provided care once a week

6,777 16.4 3,010 16.6 3,766 16.2

Provided care several times a month

8,574 20.7 4,178 23.0 4,396 19.0

Provided care once a month

5,267 12.7 2,392 13.2 2,875 12.4

Other

1,904 4.6 710 3.9 1,194 5.1

Duration of care(5)

Provided care for less than 1 year

9,607 23.2 3,680 20.3 5,927 25.6

Provided care for 1 to 2 years

10,267 24.8 4,482 24.7 5,785 25.0

Provided care for 3 to 4 years

7,595 18.4 3,125 17.2 4,470 19.3

Provided care for 5 to 9 years

8,122 19.7 3,937 21.7 4,185 18.1

Provided care for 10 years or more

5,734 13.9 2,919 16.1 2,815 12.1

Footnotes
(1) Categories sum to more than 100 percent because some eldercare providers cared for more than one person.
(2) Care for a spouse or unmarried partner may be underreported. See the Technical Note for more information.
(3) Refers only to persons caring for a grandparent who did not live with them. Persons caring for a grandparent with whom they lived are included in the category "Caring for another related person."
(4) Survey participants were asked how often they provided care in the past 3 to 4 months; this information was used to categorize them by frequency of care.
(5) For persons who provided eldercare to more than 1 person, the duration of care is calculated based on the person for whom they had cared the longest.

NOTE: Eldercare providers are those who, in the previous 3 to 4 months, cared for someone with a condition related to aging. Estimates were calculated for persons who cared for at least one person age 65 or older. Data refer to persons 15 years and over.

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Last Modified Date: September 20, 2017