Table 3. Eldercare providers by relationship to care recipient and selected characteristics of eldercare providers, averages for the combined years 2015-16

Table 3. Eldercare providers by relationship to care recipient and selected characteristics of eldercare providers, averages for the combined years 2015-16
Characteristic Number of eldercare providers (in thousands) Percent of eldercare providers caring for(1)
A spouse or unmarried partner(2) A parent A grandparent(3) Another related
person
A friend or neighbor Someone else

Age

Total, 15 years and over

41,324 7.5 41.6 16.7 25.2 16.1 5.2

15 to 24 years

4,876 (4)- 2.0 74.9 16.9 8.8 5.0

25 to 34 years

3,590 (4)- 26.1 50.1 21.8 9.3 6.3

35 to 44 years

4,790 0.3 48.7 23.1 24.0 15.7 5.0

45 to 54 years

9,086 0.9 67.4 3.3 25.2 13.5 3.7

55 to 64 years

9,961 4.2 60.2 0.2 29.0 14.8 5.3

65 years and over

9,021 28.8 18.9 (4)- 27.6 27.1 6.3

Sex

Men

18,142 5.4 40.6 16.7 28.9 16.0 4.7

Women

23,182 9.2 42.4 16.6 22.3 16.2 5.5

Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity(5)

White

34,718 8.2 41.9 16.4 25.2 15.8 4.7

Black or African American

4,579 3.9 40.6 17.6 26.5 17.6 7.7

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

3,837 7.0 40.1 21.6 24.7 12.9 3.4

Employment status

Employed

25,332 2.6 48.8 17.5 26.7 14.0 5.0

Full-time workers

18,488 1.6 53.4 14.3 28.0 12.2 4.8

Part-time workers

6,844 5.1 36.4 26.1 23.3 18.8 5.4

Not employed

15,992 15.4 30.3 15.4 22.8 19.5 5.5

Educational attainment, 25 years and over

Less than a high school diploma

2,306 13.2 35.8 6.1 26.1 18.2 7.8

High school graduates, no college

10,261 11.0 44.6 9.1 28.4 15.5 4.7

Some college or associate degree

9,892 8.7 46.5 10.1 25.0 19.0 5.3

Bachelor's degree and higher

13,989 5.8 50.8 8.3 25.8 16.8 5.1

Parent of household children under 18 years

Parent of one or more household children

8,655 0.4 46.6 22.7 27.1 12.2 4.8

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

5,827 0.5 55.6 13.1 27.2 12.6 4.7

Parent of a household child under age 6

2,828 0.4 28.2 42.5 27.0 11.3 5.0

Not a parent of a household child

32,669 9.4 40.3 15.0 24.7 17.2 5.3

Marital status

No spouse or unmarried partner present in household

15,277 1.5 37.3 30.5 16.6 19.4 5.8

Spouse or unmarried partner present in household

26,047 11.1 44.2 8.5 30.3 14.2 4.8

Footnotes
(1) Categories sum to more than 100 percent because some eldercare providers cared for multiple persons with whom they had different relationships.
(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 "Another related person."
(4) Estimate is approximately zero.
(5) Not all race categories are shown. Persons of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be of any race.

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. Unless otherwise specified, data refer to persons 15 years and over.

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Last Modified Date: September 20, 2017