Facts about Caregivers in the United States

  • Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women and 34% are age 65 or older
  • 41% of caregivers have a household income of $50,000 or less
  • Over half of primary caregivers of people with dementia take care of parents
  • It is estimated that 250,000 children and young adults between the ages of 8 and 18 provide help to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia
  • Medicare generally does not cover the routine personal care and other services that people with or without dementia may need on an ongoing basis, thus increasing the time commitment and strain for unpaid caregivers and family members
  • Nearly 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high
  • About 40% of caregivers suffer from depression
  • Due to the physical and emotional toll of caregiving, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers have additional healthcare costs of their own

The Alzheimer’s Association® (www.alz.org)
Family Caregiver Alliance® National Center on Caregiving (www.caregiver.org)
Kaiser Health News (www.khn.org)

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