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by Terri Guengerich, AARP Research, June 2017
AARP Rhode Island commissioned a telephone survey among 1,000 registered voters age 45-plus in Rhode Island conducted by Precision Opinion to learn about their experiences with family caregiving.
Most current family caregivers in Rhode Island (66%) have been employed either full- or part-time while providing care to a spouse, parent, or other loved one. In fact, most Rhode Island registered voters 45-plus (58%) in our survey are currently or have previously provided care to an adult loved one; and six in ten believe they will likely be a caregiver in the future. Current caregivers are likely to be married (60%) and have at least a two-year college degree (66%). Seventeen percent also have a child or children 18 or under living with them.
Key findings include:
The 2017 AARP Rhode Island Caregiving Survey: Overwhelming Support for Earned, Paid Sick Leave report highlights results from residents interviewed from March 11-21, 2017. The statewide sample utilized an age-targeted registered voter landline and cell phone list. The data is weighted by age and gender to reflect registered voters in Rhode Island age 45-plus. For more information contact Terri Guengerich at TGuengerich@aarp.org.
Guengerich, Terri. 2017 AARP Rhode Island Caregiving Survey: Overwhelming Support for Earned, Paid Sick Leave. Washington, DC: AARP Research, June 2017. https://doi.org/10.26419/res.00167.001
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In 2016, family caregivers spent on average just under $7,000 per year, or an average 20% of their income, on caregiving expenses.
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