Get the Facts
See why senior care is in demand –
and, in some cases, essential!
WHO NEEDS HOME CARE?
- An estimated 36.8 million people - 12.4% of the population - are 65 and older.
- The U.S. population age 65 and older is expected to double in size within the next 25 years.
- By 2030, almost 1 in 5 Americans - some 72 million people - will be 65 or older.
- The 85+ population is projected to double from 4.7 million in 2003 to 9.6 million in 2030 - and double again to 20.9 million in 2050.
- In 1960, only 1.6% of older men and 1.5% of women age 65 and older were divorced. By 2003, 7% of older men and 8.6% of older women were divorced and had not remarried.
- About 80% of seniors have at least one chronic health condition and 50% have at least two.
1. Obtained directly from U.S. Census Bureau (2006)
2-4. U.S. Census Bureau Web Site: www.census.gov (2006)
5-6. U.S. Census Bureau: 65+ in the United States 2005 (2005)
WHO PROVIDES HOME CARE?
- Nearly 25% of all American adults currently provide daily companionship or assistance to a parent or relative.
- Approximately 60% of family caregivers are women.
- The typical family caregiver is a 46-year-old woman caring for her widowed mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed.
- An estimated 88% of married individuals report their spouse as their key caregiver.
1. Harris Interactive Study for Home Instead Senior Care (2003)
2-3. National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP: Caregiving in the U.S. (2004)
4. U.S. Census Bureau: 65+ in the United States (2005)
WHO NEEDS HELP?
- Approximately 37% of family caregivers spend more than 40 hours a week providing care, and 30% spend 20 to 39 hours per week doing so.
- Nearly seven in 10 (69%) family caregivers spend less time with family and friends since becoming caregivers.
- Nine in 10 family caregivers (91%) surveyed - all in fair/poor health - suffer from depression, and eight in 10 (81%) of those with depression report that caregiving had made their depression worse.
- Approximately 62% of family caregivers who work have had to make some adjustments to their work life, from reporting late to work to giving up work entirely.
- Nearly one in five caregivers (17%) says they provide more than 40 hours of care per week to a loved one.
- A wife’s hospitalization increased her husband’s chances of dying within a month by 35%. A husband’s hospitalization boosted his wife’s mortality risk by 44%.
- Extreme stress can take as much as 10 years off a family caregiver’s life.
- Family caregivers report having a chronic condition at more than twice the rate of non-caregivers.
1-3. Evercare: Evercare Study of Caregivers in Decline: A Close-up Look at the Health Risks of Caring for a Loved One (www.evercarehealthplans.com, 2006)
4-5, 8. National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP: Caregiving in the U.S. (2004)
6. New England Journal of Medicine (2006)
7. Peter S. Arno: Economic Value of Informal Caregiving (2006)