By Kelly Fitzgerald
One in four American adults is caring for an elderly or sick family member as more people develop chronic diseases and the population as a whole becomes older, new research finds.
The study was conducted by the Pew Research Center and the California HealthCare Foundation, and found that the number of caregivers rose between 2010 and 2013.
Researchers surveyed 3,014 adults around the US, finding the majority of caregivers ranged in age between 30 and 64 years.
Susannah Fox, associate director of the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life project and the study's lead author, said:
"More health care is happening at home. As more people are able to be saved by medical advances, their lives are being extended, but they're also being sent home medically fragile. It's caregivers who are the first line of defense."
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