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AARP Caregiver Identification Study

Although the term "caregiver" is not new, its usage in the popular media has increased in recent years. This widespread use raises questions of whether there is agreement on what "caregiver" means and whether individuals identify with the term and define themselves as caregivers. This telephone survey of 4,037 adults age 18+, conducted in December 2003, explored those issues as well as the incidence of caregiving and the caregiving duties that respondents performed.

Some of the key findings are as follows:

  • More than two-thirds of respondents (69%) said that a caregiver was a "person caring for someone." Approximately 1 in 10 respondents said they didn't know the term "caregiver" (10%) or gave an answer that could not be categorized (14%).
  • Approximately one-third of respondents (34%) said they were currently providing or have provided within the past year some type of caregiving. This represents about 65 million people in the United States.

Data were collected by ICR, Inc., and the report was prepared by Gail Kutner of the Strategic Issue Research Group at AARP. For more information, contact Gail Kutner at (202) 434-6325.

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