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In 2006, more individuals spent unpaid time caring for seniors than 1996. The share of the population that spent time in these activities increased from 16.5% in 1996 to 18.4% in 2006.
About one-fifth (20.9%) of women spent some time looking after seniors in 2006, up slightly from 19.2% in 1996. The share of men providing care increased at a slightly faster pace, from 13.6% in 1996 to 15.7% in 2006.
However, few people spent 10 hours or more a week in these activities: 3.9% of women in 2006, up from 3.1% in 1996, and 2.2% of men in 2006, up from 1.7% in 1996.