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Visit them (%)

Check up on the phone (%)

Drive places such as doctor or shopping (%)

Do house- work or mainte- nance for them (%)

Shop or errands (%)

84

83

46

45

44

85 81 81 77

84 79 84 79

45 48 54 53

45 43 48 41

42 50 51 51

84 85

83 83

45 47

50 41

41 47

87 81

86 81

46 46

48 43

45 44

82 85 86 84

79 86 86 86

48 48 40 44

47 49 41 42

46 49 38 42

78 85 86 87 87

78 83 84 84 88

46 51 47 43 40

43 49 47 49 40

42 51 47 44 34

AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

Tables 28 & 29 report each type of care with some of the respondents’ demographic characteristics. Perhaps most striking is the gender gap among those most likely to provide time-consuming forms of assistance. Women are generally much more inclined talk to doctors, arrange for aides, and help with personal care.

Table 28: Help for Older Relatives by Demographic Characteristics

Q56–60. Please tell me if you do each of these frequently, sometimes, rarely, or never:

Combined % saying “frequently” and “sometimes”

Caregivers of parents/children Caregivers for elders

87 91

86 89

51 67

51 65

50 67

Sandwiched between parents/children

89

89

46

47

44

Total

White Black Hispanic Asian

Male Female

45–49 50–55

HS diploma or less Some college College degree Post-grad work

Under $30,000 $30,000–<$50,000 $50,000–<$75,000 $75,000–<$100,000 $100,000 or more

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 55

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