5 Family Caregiving Facts from Pew Research Center

Pew Family Caregiving GraphIf you provide caregiving support to a family member, take a few minutes to read a short article about Five Facts About Family Caregivers at the Pew Research Center website. The short article offers details from a survey that collected information about participants’ views concerning caring for aging parents, part of a larger Pew project that focused on Family Support in Graying Societies.The image at right is one of the graphs from the article.

The information presented in this report includes data collected from participants about their views on family caregiving in the United States including:

  • the different people for whom family members provide care;
  • the ages at which people are most likely to become caregivers;
  • that most family caregivers are unpaid and not providing financial aid to the family member for whom they offer support;
  • how emotional support appears to be a significant part of the caregiving responsibilities; and
  • the rewards and stress that caregivers experience.

In addition to the graph at the right, the article features several more images that depict survey data and much more information, especially if you click to look at the more comprehensive report. Pew reports that surveys were conducted from October to December 2014 among 1,692 adults in the United States, 1,700 in Germany, and 1,516 in Italy.

Seniors Embrace Social Networking According to Pew

Click on the graph to go to the page at Pew with a larger version.

If this post interests you, be sure and read Yes, Grandma is on Facebook, a post from a few days ago.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project published a new study about seniors and social networking. According to Mary Madden, the report’s author, “Young adults continue to be the heaviest users of social media, but their growth pales in comparison with recent gains made by older users.” Between April 2009 and March 2010, the number of seniors involved in social networking activities increased by 100 percent. The report says that one in four seniors now use social networking sites, though e-mail is still the most used networking tool. Read the executive summary.

The graph to the right compares the increase in social networking use among four age groups, with seniors growing at the fastest rate. To see a larger, more readable version of the graph, click on the graph and go to the Pew site.  The larger graph is toward the middle of the page.

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