global carer facts

The need to care for a family member or friend is not limited by culture or country. It’s universal. Globally, those caring for others share common traits and face common challenges.

global carer facts

The need to care for a family member or friend is not limited by culture or country. It’s universal. Globally, those caring for others share common traits and face common challenges.

COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF CAREGIVERS AROUND THE WORLD

  • In Australia, only 56% of caregivers aged 15-64 participate in the workforce, compared to 80% of non-caregivers and the weekly median income of primary caregivers was 42 percent lower than that of non-caregivers. 1
  • In Australia, caregivers for a person with a mental illness are at particular risk for developing mental health disorders. 2
  • In the EU, a typical caregiver is a woman between 45 and 75 years of age and 42 percent of non-working caregivers are in the lowest income quartile. 3
  • In the UK, 58 percent of caregivers are female and 42 percent are male. 4
  • Caregivers in the UK state that caring had a negative impact on their physical health (83%) and mental health (87%) 5. Approximately 28% stated that they had their own physical disability. 6
  • In the US, 72 percent of caregivers are online health seekers, compared with 50 percent of non-caregivers. 7
  • Family caregivers in the US spend an average of 24.4 hours per week providing care. Nearly 1 in 4 caregivers spends 41 hours or more per week providing care 8 and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias provide care for a longer time, on average, than caregivers of older adults with other conditions. 9

The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050.10

REFERENCES

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015) Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015. Page 3. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/4430.0Main%20Features602015?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=4430.0&issue=2015&num=&view= [Date Accessed: 5 September 2017]
  2. Carers Australia ACT (2017) Fast Facts On Disability, Mental Health and Carers. Page 1. http://www.carersact.org.au/Assets/Files/Carers%20ACT%20Fast%20Facts%20March%202017.pdf [Date Accessed: 5 September 2017]
  3. EuroCarers (2015) Situation of Carers in EU. Page 1. http://www.eurocarers.org/userfiles/files/factsheets/Eurocarers%20Situation%20of%20carers%20in%20EU.pdf [Date Accessed: 5 September 2017]
  4. Carers UK (October 2015) Facts About Caring Policy Briefing. Page 3. https://www.carersuk.org/images/Facts_about_Carers_2015.pdf. [Date Accessed: 5 September 2017]
  5. Carers UK (2012) In Sickness and in Health. Page 1. https://www.carersuk.org/for-professionals/policy/policy-library/in-sickness-and-in-health [Date Accessed: 5 September 2017]
  6. Carers UK (2012) In Sickness and in Health. Page 3. https://www.carersuk.org/for-professionals/policy/policy-library/in-sickness-and-in-health [Date Accessed: 5 September 2017]
  7. Pew Research Center (July 2012) Family Caregivers Online. Page 9. http://www.pewinternet.org/files/old-media/Files/Reports/2013/PewResearch_FamilyCaregivers.pdf [Date Accessed: 5 September 2017]
  8. National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015) Caregiving in the U.S. Page 7. http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/ppi/2015/caregiving-in-the-united-states-2015-report-revised.pdf [Date Accessed: 5 September 2017]
  9. Alzheimer’s Association US. (2015) Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Page 34. https://www.alz.org/facts/downloads/facts_figures_2015.pdf [Date Accessed: 5 September 2017]
  10. World Health Organization, Elder Abuse Fact Sheet. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs357/en/. [Date Accessed: 7 July 2017]