Family Caregivers are Wired for Health
Detailed demographic tables
Caregivers are more likely than other adults to be married:
Caregivers are more likely than other adults to be employed full time:
Caregivers are as likely as non-caregivers to be living with a chronic condition. Caregivers are more likely than other adults to have gone through a recent health crisis or to have experienced a significant change in their physical health (including positive changes, such as quitting smoking).
When controlling for age, income, education, ethnicity, and good overall health, being a caregiver is associated with a higher likelihood that someone will have had a serious medical emergency or been hospitalized in the past 12 months. If someone rates their health as excellent or reports a higher household income, the likelihood of a health emergency or hospitalization decreases.
When controlling for age, income, education, ethnicity, and good overall health, being a caregiver increases the probability that someone will have had a major health change. However, if someone is age 40 or older, white, living in a higher-income household, or report their health as excellent, they are less likely to report a recent health change.
Cite this publication: Susannah Fox, Maeve Duggan and Kristen Purcell. “Family Caregivers are Wired for Health.” Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2013) http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/06/20/family-caregivers-are-wired-for-health/, accessed on July 22, 2014.