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Elder Care Facts

1. 51% of care recipients live in their own home, 29% live with their family caregiver, and 4% live in nursing homes and assisted living.

2. 20 hours per week is the average number of hours family caregivers spend caring for their loved ones while 13% of family caregivers are providing 40 hours of care a week or more.

3. Over 90% of family caregivers become more proactive about seeking resources and skills they need to assist their care recipient after they have identified themselves as caregivers.

4. Projected number of caregivers in the US: 65.7 million (31% of all households) Projected number caring for someone over age 50: 7 out of 10

5. Caregivers who care for a relative: 86% and those caring for a parent: 36%

6. The average daily private room private rate in a nursing home is $219 daily or $79,935 annually.

7. The average daily semi-private room private rate in a nursing home $198 daily or $72,270 annually.

8. According to most recent data, nearly 1 million people live in assisted living residences.

9. American businesses can lose as much as $34 billion each year due to employees' need to care for loved ones 50 years of age and older.

10. Number of Americans age 55 and older: 60 million (21% of the total U.S. population) Projected growth in the next 20 years (2030): to 107.6 million (to 31% of the population)

11. American caregivers who are female: 66% and average age of female caregivers: 48 years old

12. 78% of adults living in the community and in need of long-term care depend on family and friends as their only source of help.

13. Among people turning 65 today, 69 percent will need some form of long-term services and supports over the remainder of their life, whether in the community or in a residential care facility

14. Main problems or illnesses of people being cared for: "old age" (12%), Alzheimer's disease (10%), mental/emotional illness (7%), cancer (7%), heart disease (5%), and stroke (5%)

15. Time per week caregivers spend providing care: 20 hours

16. The value of the services family caregivers provide for "free," when caring for older adults, is estimated to be $375 billion a year. That is almost twice as much as is actually spent on homecare and nursing home services combined ($158 billion).

17. 73% of family caregivers who care for someone over the age of 18 either work or have worked while providing care; 66% have had to make some adjustments to their work life, from reporting late to work to giving up work entirely; and 1 in 5 family caregivers have had to take a leave of absence.

18. Caregivers in full-time jobs: 59%

19. Yearly average expense to adult children caring for an aging parent: $5,534; what this pays for: out-of-pocket expenses such as medications, safety equipment, and bath necessities

20. When the aging relative lives in another city, the costs run even higher. On average, long-distance caregivers spend nearly $9,000 a year.

21. 47% of working caregivers indicate an increase in caregiving expenses has caused them to use up ALL or MOST of their savings.

22. Family caregivers experiencing extreme stress have been shown to age prematurely. This level of stress can take as much as 10 years off a family caregiver's life.

23. Average life expectancy of Americans born in 1968: 70.5 years and the average life expectancy of those born in 2010: 78.3 years

24. Americans over age 65 who will get Alzheimer's: 1 in 8 and those over age 85 who will get Alzheimer's: 1 in 2

25. A wife's hospitalization increased her husband's chances of dying within a month by 35%. A husband's hospitalization boosted his wife's mortality risk by 44%.