How Many Caregivers Are Also Paid Workers?

In 2020, the AARP Public Policy Institute conducted the survey Caregiving in the U.S. to profile employed caregivers and shed light on the impact of managing both paid work and caring for an ill or aging adult.

This survey discovered that in 2019, 61% of family caregivers worked a paying job at some point during their caregiving experience. That 61% is equal to an estimated 29.2 million people and signifies an increase of more than 5 million employed family caregivers since 2015. 

With the U.S. population aging and individuals retiring later, trends suggest that we are likely to see an increase in the number of family caregivers who will be attempting to juggle paid work and caregiving responsibilities. The stress and strain felt by these caregivers is significant. Nearly 38% considered their caregiving situation to be highly stressful, while 27% rated their experience as moderately stressful. One in five employed caregivers reported high or moderate financial strain due to caregiving. In an attempt to manage both the responsibilities of their employed work and their unpaid caregiving role, some individuals made changes to their work life. Research has found that the economic consequences of reducing paid working hours or retiring early can have long-term consequences on the caregiver’s financial security. The emotional strain also takes a toll; one in five shared that they find it difficult to care for their own health or consistently feel alone. 

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By Clearday Research Team

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