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Older persons with a spouse and a child, and older persons living with others were most likely to rely entirely on informal care (about 62% for both groups).

Spillman, Brenda, and Kirsten Black. Staying the Course: Trends in family caregiving. Washington, DC: AARP; 2005. http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/il/2005_17_caregiving.pdf

Reference

Title
Staying the Course: Trends in family caregiving
Publication
AARP Public Policy Institute
Publisher
AARP
Publication Date
2005
Authors
Spillman, Brenda, and Kirsten Black
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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