Women as Caregivers

The typical caregiver is an employed 46 year old women who is married and working outside of the home earning an annual income of $35,000 a year. Read more.

Men as Caregivers

Nearly 35% of caregivers to the elderly are men. This is a big increase from previous years. Read more.

Stress of being a Caregiver

Caring for a loved one is challenging and time-consuming. It disrupts the normal relationship patterns between family members and providing new activities related to the patient’s disabilities and still spending quality time with them takes careful planning. Read more.

What a Caregiver Is

A caregiver is the person providing care to someone with a chronic illness or disability. The caregiver may be an unpaid family member, friend or volunteer, or a paid provider of home and community care.

"Family caregiving for people aged 50 and over is widespread in the United States and is on the increase. Nearly 25 percent of all households have at least one adult who has provided care for an elderly person at some point during the past 12 months. Over the next 10 years, the total number of employed caregivers in the United States is expected to increase to between 11 and 15.6 million working Americans- roughly one in ten employed workers. This landmark study is the first ever to examine the long-term costs these caregivers face when they disrupt their work to accommodate the needs of their older loved ones."

"The MetLife research reveals that working caregivers can incur significant losses in career development, salary and retirement income, and substantial out-of-pocket expenses as a result of their caregiving obligations."

This information came from:

The MetLife Juggling Act Study Balancing Caregiving with Work and the Costs Involved.

Visit The MetLife Juggling Act Study
Balancing Caregiving with Work and the Costs Involved
for the complete report.

For tips on caregiving visit the National Alliance for Caregiving.