NAMI Advocate
 | Print this page | 

Portrait of American Caregivers

According to a new report, Caregiving in the U.S. 2009, nearly one-third of the American adult population serves as a family caregiver. The study is based on interviews with 1,480 caregivers chosen at random and offers a national profile of people caring for adults, the elderly and children with special needs.

Notable findings include:

  • One in seven caregivers provides care, over and above regular parenting, to a child with special needs.
  • Caregiving lasts an average of 4.6 years.
  • Caregivers provide an average of 20 hours of care per week.
  • The main reasons people need care are old age (12 percent), Alzheimer's disease (10 percent), mental/emotional illness (7 percent), cancer (7 percent), heart disease (5 percent) and stroke (5 percent).
  • IIlnesses/problems for which children need care are led by ADD/ADHD, autism, mental/emotional illness and developmental delay/mental retardation.
  • Caregivers of children provide the most time-intensive care.

NAMI also has reported on the lived experiences of caregivers for loved ones living with mental illness in two survey reports, Depression: Gaps and Guideposts and Schizophrenia: Public Attitudes, Personal Needs.

NAMI Education Programs for Caregivers include Family-to-Family and NAMI Basics.


 | Print this page | 


Support NAMI to help millions of Americans who face mental illness every day.

Donate today

Speak Out

Inspire others with your message of hope. Show others they are not alone.

Share your story

Get Involved

Become an advocate. Register on to keep up with NAMI news and events.

Join NAMI Today

Advocate Home | About Advocate | Magazine | e-Advocate | NAMI Home | Submissions

©2015, NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness. All rights reserved.