July 3, 1997
TO: : STATE AND AREA AGENCIES ON AGING AND TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS
ADMINISTERING PLANS UNDER TITLES III AND VI OF THE OLDER AMERICANS
ACT OF 1965, AS AMENDED
SUBJECT: Family Caregiving in the U.S. Survey
LEGAL AND RELATED REFERENCES: Older Americans Act, as
The first major caregiving study in ten years was released at
a Senate Special Committee on Aging briefing on June 17, 1997.
The survey, conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving
and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), was sponsored
by Glaxo-Wellcome, Inc., the Archstone Foundation, ManorCare Health
Services and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
The survey involved a national random dial telephone survey to
identify the prevalence, demographics, impacts on and needs of
family caregivers of the elderly. The survey database of 1,509
respondents includes an oversampling of Hispanic, African American,
and Asian American caregivers. This was done to address a lack
of minority caregiver data.
According to the survey, 23.2 percent of all U.S. households,
or 22,441,200 households, are involved in caregiving. The majority
(64.2 percent) of these caregivers are employed, more than half
(51.8 percent) full-time.
A press release and fact sheet on the survey are attached. A
report summarizing the survey findings entitled: Family Caregiving
in the U.S.: Findings from a National Survey, may be obtained
by writing AARP Fulfillment, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC
20049. The order number D16474 should be used when requesting
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediate
William F. Benson
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
National Alliance for Caregiving
Family Caregiver Fact Sheet