27 Things You May not Know about Women and Caregiving

old man bow one's head on his wife shoulderBy Sean Coffey, MPA, Policy Specialist, National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance
In honor of International Women’s Day 2012, Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) want to highlight some of the most interesting data related to women and caregiving from 2011. This data is a sneak preview of their “2011 Year in Review: Family Caregiving” that will be released later this month at their session at the American Society on Aging conference, though you can view our 2010 Year in Review now.

According to most research in 2011, the majority of caregivers continue to be women, though an analysis of employed caregivers by Gallup found much higher numbers of men caregivers than past research. This data may be different than other research because it was looking at employed caregivers. The Gallup analysis found: “Women are also slightly more likely than men to be caregivers — 20% versus 16%, respectively.”
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