Elder Care Statistics

Elder Care Statistics

Elder Care Statistics

Elder care is growing in the U.S., as well as the rate of our aging population. There are many interesting yet worrisome trends going on all across the United States. Here are some statistics in case you want to learn more[1] [2] [3]:

  • 4 million people across the US provided non-paid care to aging loved ones. In almost all cases, the majority of caregivers are women. But men play a significant role, too.
  • Many family or non-institutional caregivers cared for their families. Specifically, 44 percent of people cared for their parents and 16 percent cared for their grandparents. While 18 percent cared for a friend and/or neighbor.
  • Almost one-half of informal caregivers in the US cared for an aging loved one for two years or less. About 15 percent of caregivers provided care for 10 years or more.
  • The average cost to stay in a nursing home in the U.S. is $76, 680.
  • The number of people who are 65 years or older is expected to increase two-fold by the year 2060 from 46 million to 98 million.
  • In 2014, 23 percent of men and 15 percent of women were still working in the labor force over the age of 65. These figures are expected to rise even more in the years to come.
  • Alzheimer’s disease could almost triple by 2050 from 5 million in 2013 to 14 million in 2050
  • Social security and Medicare expenses will increase from 8 percent of gross domestic product to 12 percent in the next 35 years.
  • Data based research has shown that making interventions in older populations to increase physical activity, decrease injury, and improve quality of life is possible. So, we can expect elder care to bring positive change.[4]
  • Risk factors like smoking cigarettes or malnutrition play a role in the development of disease. So educational endeavors can contribute a lot of important and necessary changes to better the future burden of disease.[5]

If you have any more questions, call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website for more details!

[1] Source: https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/40-million-people-provided-eldercare-in-2013-14.htm

[2] Source: https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/longtermcare/statistics.html

[3] Source: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Media-Guides/2016/aging-unitedstates-fact-sheet.aspx

[4] Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3487684/

[5] Source: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/worlds-older-population-grows-dramatically

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