As our nation awaits for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, two important questions affecting more than 43.5 million Americans won’t be asked at all. The missing questions address whether a U.S. resident is a caregiver for an adult family member or a disabled child and whether a resident is receiving care from a family member.

The 2020 Census does include questions about grandparents caring for their grandchildren (up to age 18) in their homes. But what about family caregiving at the other end of the age spectrum? Nothing.

Nor did the U.S. Census Bureau include caregiving (other than for “co-resident” grandchildren) in its American Community Survey Report titled: The Population 65 Years and Older in the United States: 2016. A Census Bureau spokesperson told me he couldn’t come up with any other Bureau data on family caregiving.

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