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Staying the Course: Trends in family caregiving

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    • Trends in Chronic Disability Among Persons Age 65 or Older, 1984-1999  
    • Older Persons with Disability, Their Family Availability and Care Arrangements, 1994 and 1999  
    • Trends in Informal and Formal Care Among Older Community Residents Receiving Care, 1984-1999  
    • In 1999, nearly 40% of caregiving children were assisting parents who were age 85 or older, compared to about 34% in 1994. Nearly 13% of caregiving children were age 65…  
    • 11% of caregiving spouses were age 85 or older, up from 8.6% in 1994.  
    • More than 1/2 of family caregivers were providing help to spouses or parents with 3 or more activities of daily living (ADL) disabilities in 1999, up about 5% from 1994.  
    • 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).  
    • 1/3 of older people without a spouse or child received no care in 1999, compared to 1/4 of older people with a spouse and a child (or children).  
    • A larger proportion of older community residents who received personal assistance were relying entirely on their informal caregivers in 1991 than in 1994 (2/3 compared to 57% in 1994) as…  
    • Among older persons in the community with disability who did receive personal assistance, the proportion receiving any informal care (informal care or informal/formal combination of care) fell somewhat, from 94.9%…