Caregiving Data

Caregiving Data Published by AARP

Statistics related to the number and types of caregivers in the United States in 2020 published by AARP

Who Becomes A Caregiver?

The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP  published the results of a survey conducted in 2020 that tells the story of caregiving in the US today.  According to “National Data on Caregivers,” 53.0 million adults in the United States provide care to an adult or child with special needs during the previous twelve months before the survey in 2020. That number showed an increase of almost seventeen percent over the past five years. With that increase, one in five American adults now serves at least part-time as caregivers.
What did the survey find out about who becomes a caregiver in the United States? Do middle-school kids pick caregiving as a career path? Are individuals promoted or advanced through experience in the roles? The report tells us a lot about who caregivers are and what they do.  It also confirms that most caregivers are family members who assume the duties associated with their role in the family. Each of the following panels tells us a little more about who becomes a caregiver and why.  As one caregiver “living the life” to another, it’s not surprising information.

Caregiving Data were taken from “Caregiving In the U.S. 2020” Survey

“Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 was conducted by Greenwald & Associates using a nationally representative, probability-based online panel. More than 1,700 caregivers who were age 18 or older participated in the survey in 2019. First conducted in 1997, with follow-up surveys in 2004, 2009, and 2015, the Caregiving in the U.S. studies are one of the most comprehensive resources describing the American caregiver. The 2020 study was funded by AARPBest Buy Health Inc. d/b/a GreatCallEMD Serono Inc.Home Instead Senior Care®The Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationThe John A. Hartford FoundationTechWerksTransamerica Institute, and UnitedHealthcare.”

Caregiving in the U.S. 2020