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Table 6. Time spent providing eldercare and percent of eldercare providers 1 engaging in caregiving by day of week and caregiving activity, averages for the combined years 2011-12

Table 6. Time spent providing eldercare and percent of eldercare providers(1) engaging in caregiving by day of week and caregiving activity, averages for the combined years
2011-12
                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                       Eldercare providers (1)                                
                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                    On days they provided care                
                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                              
                                Caregiving activity                                   Percent distribution of time   Percent(2) who engaged in   Average hours spent providing
                                                                                      spent in selected eldercare       caregiving activity                   care            
                                                                                               activities  
                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                          Weekends                      Weekends                      Weekends
                                                                                       Total    Weekdays    and      Total    Weekdays    and      Total    Weekdays    and   
                                                                                                          holidays                      holidays                      holidays
                                                                                                                                                                              
Total, activities reported as care done for those age 65 and over...................   100.0     100.0     100.0       (2)       (2)       (2)       3.22      3.23      3.21 
  Eating and drinking...............................................................     7.1       5.9       9.2      22.2      20.2      26.3        .23       .19       .30 
  Household activities..............................................................    20.9      21.1      20.5      38.2      39.9      35.0        .67       .68       .66 
    Housework.......................................................................     6.3       6.9       5.1      11.5      11.3      11.8        .20       .22       .17 
    Food preparation and cleanup....................................................     9.5       9.4       9.7      28.1      30.3      23.8        .31       .30       .31 
    Lawn and garden care............................................................     1.9       1.6       2.7       3.5       3.4       3.6        .06       .05       .09 
    Household management............................................................     1.2       1.3       1.0       5.8       6.8       4.0        .04       .04       .03 
  Purchasing goods and services.....................................................     4.2       4.5       3.5      14.5      15.3      12.8        .13       .15       .11 
  Caring for and helping household members..........................................     6.4       6.7       5.7      19.0      20.8      15.6        .21       .22       .18 
    Caring for household adults.....................................................     5.3       5.6       4.8      15.7      16.7      13.7        .17       .18       .15 
      Physical care for household adults............................................     3.2       2.9       3.8       8.6       8.6       8.5        .10       .09       .12 
      Providing medical care to household adults....................................      .7        .6        .9       7.0       6.8       7.2        .02       .02       .03 
    Helping household adults........................................................      .6        .6        .6       4.1       4.7       3.1        .02       .02      (3)  
  Caring for and helping nonhousehold members.......................................    10.1      10.3       9.6      24.7      24.7      24.8        .33       .33       .31 
    Caring for nonhousehold adults..................................................     3.7       4.6       1.9       8.9      10.0       6.7        .12       .15       .06 
      Physical care for nonhousehold adults.........................................     1.8       1.9       1.6       4.1       4.0       4.4        .06       .06       .05 
      Providing medical care to nonhousehold adults.................................      .4        .5        .1       2.5       2.8       2.0        .01       .02       ~0  
    Helping nonhousehold adults.....................................................     6.2       5.4       7.6      17.6      17.2      18.3        .20       .18       .25 
      Housework, cooking, and shopping assistance for nonhousehold adults...........     2.3       2.0       2.8       6.1       5.8       6.5        .07       .06       .09 
      House and lawn maintenance and repair assistance for nonhousehold adults......     1.8       1.1       3.3       2.5       1.9       3.7        .06       .04       .11 
      Picking up and dropping off nonhousehold adults...............................      .6        .6        .6       6.1       6.2       5.7        .02       .02       .02 
  Working and work-related activities...............................................     4.4       4.6       4.0       3.7       4.2       2.8        .14       .15       .13 
  Organizational, civic, and religious activities...................................     2.4       2.0       3.1       4.4       3.6       6.0        .08       .07       .10 
  Leisure and sports................................................................    33.7      32.2      36.5      35.8      34.3      38.6       1.09      1.04      1.17 
    Socializing and communicating...................................................    13.1      12.3      14.6      23.4      22.6      24.9        .42       .40       .47 
    Watching TV.....................................................................    13.7      12.8      15.5      11.6      10.5      13.8        .44       .41       .50 
    Participating in sports, exercise, and recreation...............................     1.5       2.0        .5       2.7       3.3       1.5        .05       .06      (3)  
  Telephone calls, mail, and e-mail.................................................     1.0       1.0       1.0       5.8       6.2       5.1        .03       .03       .03 
  Traveling.........................................................................     8.1       9.8       4.8      27.1      30.3      20.7        .26       .32       .15 
  Other activities, not elsewhere classified........................................     1.8       1.7       2.0       5.4       6.3       3.6        .06       .05       .06 
                                                                                                                                                                              
   1 Eldercare providers are those who, in the previous 3 to 4 months, cared for someone with a condition related to aging.  Estimates were calculated for persons who cared
for at least one person age 65 or older.
   2 Percents sum to more than 100 percent because some eldercare providers did more than one care activity on days they provided care.
   3 Estimate is suppressed because it does not meet the American Time Use Survey publication standards.
  ~0 Estimate is approximately zero.
   NOTE: Data refer to persons 15 years and over.



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