Most people who need care rely on family and friends to provide at least part of their assistance. Around 30 percent will also rely on paid providers to supplement their needs.
When you look at who is providing the care, it may come as no surprise to discover that women are the backbone of the support system. Women provide the majority of care for spouses, parents, friends, and neighbors.
The average caregiver is a 49 year old woman providing care for a mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed.
Women spend as much as 50 percent more time providing care than male caregivers.
Two out of three caregivers are women.
Women make up the majority of caregivers in our country, but they also have the most long term care needs. Women tend to live longer than men, outlive their spouses, and have less access to savings and pensions. [Read more…]