September 20, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

There are nearly 40 million Americans that provide unpaid eldercare, with many spending as much as three hours per day providing care services, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  

From 2011-2012, there were 39.6 million eldercare providers in the nation, representing 16% of the U.S. civilian non institutional population age 15 and older, according to data from the BLS and the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). 

Eldercare providers are defined as individuals who provide unpaid care to someone age 65 to older who needs help because of a condition related to aging.

Individuals ages 45-54 and 55-64 were the most likely to provide eldercare (23% and 22%, respectively), followed by those age 65 and older (16%).


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