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Table 1 Characteristics of informal caregivers and of people with dementia (Number (%)).

From: Informal caregivers of persons with dementia, their use of and needs for specific professional support: a survey of the National Dementia Programme

Characteristics of informal caregivers N = 984 (%)a
Relationship to the person with dementia  
Spouse 490 (50.8)
Son/daughter (in-law) 372 (38.2)
Other relative 84 (8.7)
Friend, neighbor, acquaintance 23 (2.3)
Gender  
Male 277 (28.4)
Female 697 (71.6)
Age categories (years)  
Below 45 81 (8.2)
45 - 55 216 (21.9)
55 - 65 218 (22.2)
65 - 75 209 (21.2)
75 - 85 207 (21.1)
85 and above 53 (5.4)
Frequency of the care  
Daily 511 (54.8)
3 - 6 times a week 170 (18.3)
1 - 2 times a week 203 (21.9)
Less than once a week 36 (3.9)
Less than once a month 11 (1.1)
Duration of caregiving  
Less than 6 months 26 (2.7)
6 months to 1 year 100 (10.5)
1 - 2 years 177 (18.4)
2 - 3 years 186 (19.3)
3 - 4 years 140 (14.5)
4 - 5 years 113 (11.7)
More than 5 years 221 (22.9)
Assistance  
Informal caregiver receives no or little assistance from other relatives 486 (51.9)
Other informal caregivers essentially contribute to the care for the person with dementia 448 (48.1)
Characteristics of persons with dementia N = 984 (%)
Living arrangements  
Living at home 631 (69.0)
Living in a nursing home or in a home for the elderly 299 (31.0)
Gender  
Male 415 (42.3)
Female 564 (57.7)
Age categories (years)  
Below 45 2 (0.3)
45 - 55 11 (1.0)
55 - 65 79 (8.0)
65 - 75 231 (23.5)
75 - 85 462 (47.0)
85 and above 199 (20.2)
Duration of dementia symptoms  
Less than 6 months 17 (1.7)
6 months - 1 year 61 (6.3)
1 - 2 years 156 (15.9)
2 - 3 years 197 (20.2)
3 - 4 years 132 (13.5)
4 - 5 years 148 (15.2)
More than 5 years 265 (27.2)
  1. Note: N = 984. Informal caregivers mean age (in years) was 62.8; SD was 13.3 and the range was 16-101.
  2. Note: N = 984. Persons with dementia mean age (in years) was 78.2; SD was 8.79 and the range was 42-101.
  3. a. Do not all add up to 984, due to 'missings'.