Facts About Caregivers and Work

More working people provide full- or part-time caregiver duties for a loved one than ever before. Here’s a look at some facts about this major life responsibility and the realities of the working world.

Facts About Caregivers

Two thirds of caregivers are women.

Two thirds of caregivers are women.

o Two-thirds are women.

o Studies show female caregivers are more likely than males to suffer from high stress  (35% vs. 25%).

o Family caregivers of those aged 50+ are themselves between 50 to 64.

o About 72% of caregivers are white, 13% African-American, 12% Hispanic, and 2% Asian-American.

o Studies show that 27% of Hispanics say their health is fair or poor compared to 15% of white caregivers and 15% of Asian-Americans.

Facts about Caregivers and Work

o 70% of working caregivers with families suffer work-related difficulties due to their dual roles.

o Among working caregivers, 69% rearrange their work schedule, decrease their hours or take an unpaid leave to meet their obligations.

 Many workers rearrange their work schedule to fit in caregiver duties. (Census Bureau photo)

Many workers rearrange their work schedule to fit in caregiver duties. . (Census Bureau photo)

o 5% of working caregivers turn down a promotion.

4% choose early retirement.

6% give up working entirely.

o Working women are more likely than males to have made alternative work arrangements: taking less demanding jobs (16% females vs. 6% males), quitting work entirely (12% vs. 3%), losing job-related benefits (7% females vs. males 3%).

o 70% made job changes: 12% reduced work hours, took a less demanding job. Nine percent gave up work entirely. Three percent retired early.

o One recent study shows women in caregiving roles during their working years were 2.5 times more likely to live in poverty when they became elderly.

o 20% of employed female care givers over 50 report symptoms of depression. This compares with 8% of their non-caregiving peers.

o Caregiving reduces work productivity by 18.5% and increases the likelihood of changing jobs.

Source: http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=439

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