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Facts on Family Caregiving

According to a recent study by the American Association of Retired People (AARP) and the National Council on Aging (NCA):

  • Someone caring for a parent has been doing so for an average of 20 hours a week for four years.
  • One in three adult caregivers is also raising a child under the age of 18.
  • One in three adult caregivers is helping their family member get dressed or go to the bathroom.
  • Nearly two-thirds of adult caregivers take time off during the workday, while 17 percent take a formal leave of absence and 10 percent take early retirement.
  • About 70 percent of adult caregivers get help from family members, friends or neighbours.
  • About 40 percent rely on help from paid caregivers.
  • Someone caring for a spouse spends more than 30 hours a week directly caring for their loved one and is less likely to get help from relatives or friends.

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