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Most older persons with long-term care needs—65%—rely exclusively on family and friends to provide assistance. Another 30% will supplement family care with assistance from paid providers. Care provided by family and friends can determine whether older persons can remain at home. In fact, 50% of the elderly who have a long-term care need but no family available to care for them are in nursing homes, while only 7% who have a family caregiver are in institutional settings.
· An estimated 66% of caregivers are female.
· The average caregiver is a 49 year old woman, caring for her 60 year old mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed.
· Although men also provide assistance, female caregivers may spend as much as 50% more time providing care than male caregivers.
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Statistics excerpted from: https://www.caregiver.org