Types of Caregivers

   Caregivers may be related to older persons as spouses, children, in-laws, or other family members. Sometimes, caregivers are not related but assist as friends or neighbors. The caregiver role is complex and differs for everyone depending on the needs of the person who is aging. A 2001 study by the American Society on Aging found that 29% of family caregivers were daughters. 26% of caregivers were friends and neighbors. With today’s mobile society family members may live out of town and out of state. As such, older persons may have to rely on people other than family members to help out. 23% of family caregivers were wives, and 13% of family caregivers were husbands. 9% of the caregivers were sons.