The brief’s key findings are:
- As people age and their health deteriorates, they begin to need more help with daily activities.
- While many formal long-term care services are available, cost concerns and personal preferences lead many to rely on informal care from adult children.
- At any given point, 6 percent of adult children serve as caregivers, and 17 percent will take on this role at some point in their lives.
- Those who do provide care devote an average of 77 hours per month, which can take a toll on both the finances and health of the caregiver.
- The caregiving burden on adult children is likely to become a bigger concern as baby boomers move into their 80s.