Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy statistics of the day

I was just checking up on caretaker statistics to print a comment on an "ain't it awful" screed elsewhere on the web.

(Yes, I know I can write "ain't it awful" screeds myself: And if you thing what I write is bad, you should see the ones I delete).

So here is the statistic that shows most people still care:

  • 65.7 million caregivers make up 29% of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged.3
  • 52 million caregivers provide care to adults (aged 18+) with a disability or illness.4
  • 43.5 million5 care for someone 50+ years of age and 14.9 million care for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.6
  • LGBT respondents are slightly more likely to have provided care to an adult friend or relative in the past six months: 21% vs. 17% non-LGBT.7
  • Caregivers of adults are now older, on average, than were their counterparts in 2004. Their average age now 49.2 years, compared to 46.4 in 2004.8
  • Caregiver services were valued at $450 billion per year in 2009—up from $375 billion in 20079—and unpaid family caregivers will likely continue to be the largest source of long-term care services in the U.S. The aging population 65+ will more than double between the years 2000-2030, increasing to 71.5 million from 35.1 million in 2000.10

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